Pride carries across continents

Published on: 02 Feb 2016

THE children of St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School in Downend have been wearing their new school uniform with pride since September ... but what has happened to the old uniform?
These pictures supply the answer – the blue sweatshirts have not been put out for jumble or recycling; they are being worn with pride by children at a remote school in India.
The uniforms were delivered to the school at the Haven Home orphanage in Andhra Pradesh last month by Martyn Poole, of Meadow Close, Downend.
Martyn has supported the orphanage for the last ten years and visits annually with family and friends. He has spearheaded fundraising efforts in the Downend area and beyond that led to the creation of the orphanage school, built and named after St Augustine’s, in 2010.
Parents at St Augustine’s in Downend collected more than 100 of the old blue items, meaning every child at Haven Home now has a jumper or cardigan to wear.
The people of Downend gave more money this winter so that the girls could have matching leggings to complete the winter uniform.
Martyn said: “The children were so delighted and proud of their new uniform. It will help them while they experience cold mornings and evenings in winter. Although it is very warm for us visitors at this time of year, the children are shivering, waiting for the sun to rise to warm them up.”
Mr Moore, deputy head of St Augustine’s in Downend, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to help our sister school once again and for our children to learn directly about giving and sharing, especially as it is in keeping with our school values of service, responsibility and respect.”
Martyn, a retired British Aerospace engineer, raises money and awareness of Haven Home through giving talks around the Bristol area.
“It is the most beautiful and loving place. The children have got nothing yet they are so happy,” he said.
“The school is giving them an education in a safe, clean environment. They will never be rich but it will keep them out of poverty and improve their lives.”

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