Big bike challenge for Ukraine
Children from Staple Hill Primary School at the old Staple Hill station on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path
PUPILS from a primary school have been cycling around the area in a joint fundraiser to support their school and children in Ukraine.
They have been cycling throughout April with the aim of raising £2,000 to divide between the Friends of Staple Hill Primary School and UNICEF's Emergency Appeal for the Children in Ukraine.
The friends charity, which raises money for activities and equipment the school cannot fund from its budget, had been planning the event for months.
Lisa Whiting, from the friends, said: "A group of children said they were keen to do the challenge so we were waiting for the spring to arrive to go ahead.
"In the meantime, the war in Ukraine had broken out. A few of the children had already been talking about what they could do to help there, after seeing reports on Newsround and on TV, so it was agreed that we would make the cycle challenge a 50/50 split.
"We're so proud that the children want to support each other in this way by working as a team to reach the total, fundraising for their school and now wanting to support the children they see suffering in Ukraine.
"Not only that, they are getting fit and healthy and enjoying the great outdoors by cycling throughout the month."
Anyone who wants to support the children's fundraising can make a donation online at justgiving.com/fundraising/friendsofstaplehillprimarycyclechallenge.