Kids copper up for a good cause

Beth Needham (aged 11)  of Ribby with Wrea Endowed CE Primary School, Wrea Green with the coins collected for the Japan earthquake appeal-spelling out the Japanese for "hope" (pronounced "kibou"). (the collection was Beth's idea).
Beth Needham (aged 11) of Ribby with Wrea Endowed CE Primary School, Wrea Green with the coins collected for the Japan earthquake appeal-spelling out the Japanese for "hope" (pronounced "kibou"). (the collection was Beth's idea).
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TALK about coppering up for a good cause.

Every penny counted as thoughtful Wrea Green pupils did their bit to help fellow youngsters in earthquake devastated Japan.

Ribby-with-Wrea Primary School sent out a striking message of hope as they created a penny picture in the playground of their school.

Creation

The fantastic creation – which spelled out the outline of the symbol for help in delicate Japanese characters – was filled by youngsters who brought in spare change from home which was donated to the disaster appeal fund afterwards.

The idea for the sparkling piece was dreamed up by 11-year-old Beth Needham, from Newton.

She said: “I really wanted to do something to help after I saw footage about Japan on the news.

“We saw children at a school who were waiting for someone to come and collect them because their parents had been killed or injured in the earthquake.

“It was really sad and made me realise how lucky I am we are all safe and our school building hasn’t been demolished.”

Beth worked with class teacher Linda Clements to draw the two outlines and then class by class children filed out into the playground to fill in the shape.

When it was full, school staff spent a busy afternoon counting the haul.

In total they raised £70, much to Beth’s delight.

She added: “I am really happy we managed to raise so much, it’s really important we help Japan.

“It is horrible to think children don’t have enough to eat so I can’t wait to send our money off.”

Beth’s mum Rachel, who is a secretary at the Dubside school, said: “Beth thought a lot about the Japan appeal after watching the news and really wanted to do something to help.

“The children really rallied around and brought in handfuls of change from home.

“They filled the shape quite quickly but counting all the change was a different matter.

“£70 is a great amount and we’re very proud of the effort the children made.”