AFTER raising an astonishing £11,188.38 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), children from King’s Ely Junior travelled to the air ambulance’s base at Cambridge airport on Tuesday (26) to present the charity with a giant cheque.

The money was raised through a whole host of fundraising activities last year, such as non-uniform day, cake sales, a Santa Run, a Christmas card sale, mini enterprise crafts and a charity summer celebration.

Mary Dunn, Deputy Fundraiser for EAAA, was pleased to accept the cheque on behalf of King’s Ely Junior, saying that it was an “absolutely wonderful donation” and thanking the students for all of their hard work in raising such an amount.

Unfortunately, the air ambulance had been called out on an emergency not long before the students arrived, so they were not able to see it. However, they were great ambassadors for the school, saying that it was more important for the ambulance to be saving someone’s life.

Sarah Green, Charity Coordinator for King’s Ely Junior, said: “We are extremely proud of the students for raising such an incredible amount, and the enthusiasm and generosity of the King’s Ely community has been fantastic.

“The school’s chosen charities this year are Macmillan and CLIC Sargent and we hope to raise a similar amount, if not more!”

Richard Whymark, Head of King’s Ely Junior, added: “Our links with the wider community are vitally important to us. The work the children do in support of local charities and organisations supporting many local people is of great significance to them, the school and the students’ families. The children’s commitment to this area of their endeavours is remarkable.”

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