Young Poppy saddles up for good cause

By WSFP reporter   |   Newsdesk   |
Tuesday 29th March 2022 8:00 am
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Old Cleeve First School, Washford, pupil Poppy Bishop has been peddling away to raise money for a sensory room at the school.

Poppy, six, decided to raise money for the room, which helps calm and focus pupils so they can be better prepared for learning, as part of her Rainbow’s ‘Helper’ Badge.

She decided to do a sponsored bike ride from Blue Anchor beach to Minehead and back - over eight miles in total.

Accompanied by her mother Jess and grandmother Annie, Poppy sang her way along the Steam Coast Trail - helped by a blustery wind and the promise of an ice cream - and raised more than £500.

Dad Tom will also donate a day of his time to support any building work needed.

Poppy would like to thank all those who donated and is excited to see the sensory room built in the next few months.

Interim headteacher Mrs Murch said: “We are exceptionally proud of Poppy Bishop and her supportive family. At such a young age to take the time to raise money for others to benefit takes a very special person.

“We have been gradually fundraising to build our own small but perfectly formed sensory room. This will benefit many children in our small, family school.

“Having a space to reflect and relax is something all children need in their school journey, but especially now given the challenges we have been through.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of donations, coupled with the kind gesture of Poppy’s dad, Tom, offering to carry out a day of labour to kick-start our project. Thank you Poppy!”

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