PUPILS from a flood-hit school were invited to join in the fundraising day at a nearby secondary academy from which they will benefit.
Youngsters from Kilnhurst Primary, who will not be able to return to their classrooms until next spring, were at Swinton Academy for Children in Need day on Friday.
Proceeds from the day’s efforts, including a bake sale, a sponsored silence and a “beat the teacher” penalty shootout, will be shared between Children in Need and the repairs to Kilnhurst Primary, whose pupils have been split between Fitzwilliam Primary and Brookfield Junior Academy,
Swinton Academt principal Rebecca Hibberd said: “Our fundraising has been a real team effort and is for two fantastic causes.
“It has been a delight welcoming youngsters from Kilnhurst to Swinton Academy.
“The devastation which the flooding caused in the area has affected the whole community and so we're happy to be helping out.
“We must give a huge thanks to Brookfield Junior Academy, whose pupils joined us for the fundraising event.
“They have accommodated three classes from Kilnhurst — 73 children in total.
“All those youngsters have made new friends, so there has been some good news.”
Jessica Jennings, a member of the Parent, Teacher Association at Kilnhurst, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the whole community and would like to thank Swinton Academy for this kind gesture.”
Kilnhurst Primary will also be boosted by half the proceeds of a race night organised by Swinton’s borough councillors.
Other organisations set for a windfall include the Royal British Legion, Swinton Foodbank, Swinton Lock Activity Centre and Swinton Community Sports Ground Trust.