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    Pupils Raise Money for Magpas

    Lower Prep children raise £377 through the sale of unique tea towels.

    Lower Prep pupils this week presented a cheque for £377 to Magpas Air Ambulance, the emergency medical care charity. The money was raised through the sale of unique tea towels, featuring a self-portrait of every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

    Ten pupils visited the charity’s base near Huntingdon, where they met Dr Alistair Steel, one of several volunteer doctors and paramedics. He showed pupils the distinctive Magpas orange helicopter, and explained how his role involves bringing specialist skills to patients in life-threatening situations in the East of England and beyond.

    The idea for supporting the charity, which has treated over 60,000 patients since its foundation in 1971, came from members of the Lower Prep School Council. They were inspired to raise funds to help other people after a member of the school community received emergency care from Magpas, following a road accident last year.

    Miss Lucy de Friend, Lower Prep School Council Coordinator, said: “It was really lovely for pupils to see in real life where the money they raised is going to be spent. It reinforced what a fabulous charity Magpas is and enabled them to see what being a flying doctor or paramedic involves. Sitting in the helicopter was hugely exciting!”