Children raise funds to help repair storm-damaged church organ in Norwich

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earl

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earlham. Lilly-Rose Burton, seven, and Cody Norgate, seven, and the damaged organ. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

When a church organ was broken in a storm, a class of primary schoolchildren were moved to help.

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earl

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earlham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The instrument at St Mary's church in Earlham Road, Norwich, was damaged when water leaked through the church roof during torrential rain.

Youngsters at nearby Bluebell Primary School, in Lovelace Road, heard about what happened and set about fundraising for repairs.

Rachel Haines, a year two teacher, explained that it was the children's idea to help.

Her class of 29 children, aged six and seven-years-old, held an afternoon of decorating biscuits and facepainting for a donation.

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earl

Bluebell Primary School children who have fundraised for the organ repairs at St Mary's Church, Earlham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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They also wanted to do a sponsored walk around the perimeter of the school grounds 10 times, and this idea developed into a fancy dress walk with Macarena-style dancing.

More than £390 was raised, and this was presented to Reverend Simon Ward, priest in charge of Earlham, at the church.

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'We are extremely proud of our year two children for achieving this, and being so caring about their community,' said Ms Haines.

Rev Ward said: 'I was astonished when I heard about the fundraising - it was really unexpected.

'The children came down just to visit a place of worship and I mentioned the organ in passing.

'It's just lovely that they heard of a need in the community, reflected on it then did something about it.

'If those kids carry on through life seeing there's a need in the community and acting on it, that's wonderful.'

The church is seeking to raise £2,500 for the organ to be repaired to a good standard.

Other classes at the school hoped to carry out their own fundraising to help the church.

If you wish to help with the church's organ appeal call Reverend Simon Ward on 01603 501713 or email revdsimon@msn.com

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