Lantern pupils help make summer fete the best ever

Lantern pupils help make summer fete the best ever

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An Ely primary school fundraising for a lifesaving defibrillator is £4000 better off, following its most successful summer fete in history – and its success is largely down to its pupils.

Members of Friends of the Lantern School, the Lantern Community School’s fundraising committee, are thrilled by the support their Summer Fete received on June 25.

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Co-chair Charlotte Brady said part of the success was that for the first time, pupils were involved in running the event.

Before the fete, children had a non-uniform day but instead of donating money, they were asked to contribute a pre-loved toy or other item towards the tombola. Kids from each class then got to help run the tombola on the day.

Charlotte said: “It was really well supported by the pupils and they brought their friends and family along. It was a brilliant turnout.”

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She also thanked the support the fete received from the community, including the Fire Service, Cambridgeshire Police and the Lane Academy performing arts school.

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The school is currently fundraising for a defibrillator, an emergency device that sends electric shocks to the heart and can help save lives during cardiac arrest and other critical medical conditions.

The Lantern School, which is signed up to the Forest Schools scheme, is also saving for an outdoor classroom that would be used for numerous activities.