College students' fundraising boost for earthquake victims

PUPILS at Queen Ethelburga's College, near Knaresborough have pulled together to raise over £5,500 in one week for the Chinese earthquake appeal.

The students at the Thorpe Underwood-based college found many enterprising ways to raise the money, including selling cakes, waxing the teacher’s legs and washing cars.

More than 2,000 of the final total was raised through donations from the pupils themselves.

Queen Ethelburga’s College attracts international students, some of whom live in the Sichuan province affected by the earthquake.

Steven Jandrell, headteacher of Queen Ethelburga’s College, said: “The pupils were asked to think of ways in which they could help the people of China recover and we have been bowled over, not only by their initiative, but also their generosity.”

Mr Jandrell added: “We are very proud of the way that the school pulled together to do their bit.

“Every pupil, from the pre-schoolers to the sixth formers, got involved in any way they could.”

The final donation was over 12,000 after the College matched the amount the pupils had raised.