STUDENTS have come together to raise much-needed cash for a school continents away.
The Africa Link Committee was set up by pupils from Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College to raise money to help build schools in Malawi.
And they enlisted the talents of teachers to help raise funds for the project.
Staff from the school put on a series of shows for a Teacher’s Got Talent fund-raiser, bringing in hundreds of pounds for the worthwhile cause.
Head of humanities Gillian Boulter said: “The Build A School charity really is a great cause and worth supporting.”
Ms Boulter said her own visit to the South East African country had spurred on her involvement with the charity.
She added: “I’ve visited Malawi with Build a School and have seen the work going on there which is unbelievably humbling.”
The 25 students who formed the committee now aim to fund the building of classrooms in Malawi via the international programme.
Year 12 pupil Stephanie Rowe said: “I joined the fund-raising effort as I felt it would be a good opportunity to get involved with a good cause where I know I can make a difference.”
The Africa Link Committee wants to raise awareness in the school of the role which pupils can play in the aid and development of countries such as Malawi, while also encouraging other schools and colleges to set up their own committees.
The group hopes to raise £10,000 in total this year, with the sixth form proposing if they succeed then they will organise a trip to Malawi for the students to see the benefits of their help.
The committee organised its first event Teacher’s Got Talent in the run up to Christmas.
Ms Boulter added: “The night was fantastic, we had 45 staff taking part in the show with nine acts.
“We sold out and the hall was packed, we managed to raise £800 from the night which has brought our total for the year to £1,326, which we have now sent off as a cheque.”
To find out more information about Build A School visit www.buildaschool.org.uk