Dress-up day for street chil­dren

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

MINI po­lice of­fi­cers, as­tro­nauts, bal­leri­nas, vets and nurses joined classes at the Fed­er­a­tion of Bolling­ton St John’s CE School and Pott Shrigley Church School as part of a char­ity dress-up day.

Chil­dren from the two pri­mary schools dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up to raise money for Cheshire­based char­ity Rail­way Chil­dren which helps vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren who live alone and in dan­ger on the streets in In­dia, East Africa and the UK.

Spe­cial as­sem­blies about the char­ity were held at both schools and the chil­dren learned about life for school chil­dren in East Africa and for chil­dren who live on the streets. Prizes were awarded for the best cos­tumes and pupils have been in­vited to en­ter a cre­ative writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion on the theme of ‘when I grow up’.

Char­lotte Simp­son, from Rail­way Chil­dren, said: “Whereas pupils at the Fed­er­a­tion can dream about what they’ll do when they grow up and are re­ceiv­ing the education they need, many chil­dren live in such vi­o­lent and dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions that their as­pi­ra­tions are lit­tle more than to find some­where safe to sleep and to sur­vive.

“But when Rail­way Chil­dren’s out­reach work­ers man­age to bring th­ese chil­dren to safety and give them the sup­port they des­per­ately need they find that th­ese chil­dren do have dreams and pas­sions and tal­ents they want to make use of.”

●● Young­sters join classes at the Fed­er­a­tion of Bolling­ton St John’s CE School and Pott Shrigley Church School as part of a char­ity dress-up day

●● The blue plaque for Ker­ridge-born sculp­tor Al­fred Gat­ley is un­veiled

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