Students raise £25,000 for African children

Students from Chaucer Business and Enterprise College. From left, Regan Stancill, Josh Hoyland,  Jemma Jackson and Chelsea Codd
Students from Chaucer Business and Enterprise College. From left, Regan Stancill, Josh Hoyland, Jemma Jackson and Chelsea Codd

YOUNGSTERS from one of Sheffield’s most disadvantaged areas have raised £25,000 to improve the lives of families in a deprived South African community.

Students of Chaucer Business and Enterprise College were so moved when they heard about the plight of children in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, that they pledged to

help.

They have spent six months raising enough to pay for rainwater harvesting tanks to be installed in the drought-stricken area.

And next month a party of 16 students and four adults will fly out to work alongside community members in creating a vegetable garden at the local school.

The aim is to improve both the nutrition and the lifestyle of children and to build on links with the wider community.

Chaucer’s deputy head, Lindy Stone, said: “Our link with the area in Port Elizabeth was the brainchild of students who won a trip to South Africa in 2009.

“They were very moved by what they saw and wanted to engage with the community in a positive way – and persuaded us to take it up as a whole-school project.

“We hope to run this over a long time-scale, with expeditions visiting South Africa every two years.”

Students and staff will be accompanied by Nick Waterfield, a member of the local faith community which has been very supportive of the venture.