Schoolchildren raise water cash

WELLINGBOROUGH schoolchildren are helping to provide clean water for people around the world by taking part in charity projects.

Pupils at a Wellingborough school are being sponsored to get as many items in a matchbox as possible. They will also have their money doubled thanks to a Government initiative.

Youngsters from Our Lady’s Catholic Junior School, Henshaw Road, Wellingborough, were also challenged to put 40 or more items in a matchbox to raise money as part of Catholic aid agency CAFOD’s annual Give it Up Lenten Appeal. They raised £600, which was split between CAFOD and another charity.

Frank Sudlow from CAFOD said: “Nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation claim more lives every year than any war.

“Our children work hard to support CAFOD to tackle this injustice and they are calling on world leaders to take action to ensure that every child and every person is able to drink clean water.”