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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Children at a Lowestoft school ramped up the ruby and cranked up the crimson to help raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Pupils at St Margaret’s Primary donned red outfits for the day and took part in games as part of a national campaign by the charity.
The event, which involved the whole school, was organised by year two teacher Sarah Lester to support BHF’s Ramp up the Red campaign.
She said: “We took part because it is a charity that is close to many of the teacher’s hearts, because they have got family members who suffer from heart problems.
“Because the children and staff are the heart of St Margaret’s, we decided to mark the occasion by making a display of hearts. The children and staff all wrote their names on hearts and we have put them all up on display.”
Pupils donated money to wear red for the day and many attended the school in Church Road in costumes.
Some children sported red wigs and others arrived dressed as their favourite super heroes whose outfits include red, such as Spiderman and Superman.
They also took part in competitions in which they had to guess what famous people had done to raise money for the Ramp up the Red campaign.
Miss Lester said proceeds from the day had yet to be counted but it was hoped they had raised a good amount for the charity.
“The children really enjoyed it and were so excited about it that they were asking about it for a week in advance,” she said. “They learned more about raising money for charity and that hearts keep you going.”
The BHF is the biggest funder of charitable heart research in the UK.
The aim of its Ramp up the Red campaign – which saw a host of events activities taking place nationwide last Friday – was to raise funds to continue that research.
The money is used to help people who suffer with a heart condition – from babies born with life-threatening heart problems, to those who survive a heart attack and endure the daily struggles of heart failure.
To find out more about the charity and its work, visit www.bhf.org.uk