Carols help send Sheffield pupils on African adventure

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Pupils from a Sheffield school brought the spirit of Christmas to residents at two sheltered housing schemes – to help raise funds for an extra special trip.

Youngsters from Westfield School visited both Springwater House at Hackenthorpe and Newton Croft at Woodhouse to sing carols.

The 13 and 14-year-olds are part of a group of 28 children who are raising money to help pay for their trip to Malawi in 2015.

Harry, aged 13, said: “In Africa we will be visiting schools and taking them money to pay for equipment such as tables and chairs, books and pens.

“We are also taking some special smokeless ovens which have been made by students from Sheffield University, for people in the local village. The way they cook at present is dangerous as people die from smoke inhalation.”

The children will be staying in Malawi for 20 days and living in man-made huts in a compound in the village and will have a doctor and a nurse with them.

Home manager Rhian Owen said: “This has been a fantastic fundraiser for our tenants to be involved in and they thoroughly enjoyed the lovely carol concert.

“It’s great to see younger and older generations in the city coming together to make such a worthwhile trip possible. It will be a such an experience for the children.”

Teachers from Westfield have been to Malawi before and have made links with the school to be visited. They are hoping that some of the children there may be able to visit Sheffield in the future.

Residents in both sheltered schemes said they thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by the children and joining in with the singing.

One said: “It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and it’s nice to know young people will give up their time to entertain us. The children are a credit to their school, very polite.”

The children raised £167.72 from their collection and sent posters to say thank you.