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Collier Row students raise £1,652 for Hornchurch charity Nepal appeal

PUBLISHED: 07:45 04 June 2015 | UPDATED: 07:45 04 June 2015

Joshua Richardson, Jeznfel Durogene, Joshua Taylor, Joy-Anna Gooch and Amy Cope with Vice Principal Simon Reeves at Immauel Community School and Ahmad Ayoubi Project Director of Stand by Me. The School pupils raised money for the charity to help children in Nepal

Joshua Richardson, Jeznfel Durogene, Joshua Taylor, Joy-Anna Gooch and Amy Cope with Vice Principal Simon Reeves at Immauel Community School and Ahmad Ayoubi Project Director of Stand by Me. The School pupils raised money for the charity to help children in Nepal

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A small school proved to be the best in the country in a recent fundraising effort for victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

The children at Immanuel School in Havering Road, Collier Row, spent three weeks doing odd jobs for friends, family and the community to raise £1,652.53 for national charity, Stand by Me, which operates from Hornchurch.

It was more than any other group has raised for Stand By Me’s Nepal appeal.

“They are hoping to build 100 houses in Nepal,” explained the school’s vice principal Simon Reeves.

“The money we raised as a school will be able to pay for two of those.

“I am very pleased with the work of the students. We wanted to challenge them and they have more than delivered.”

Immanuel School teaches 80 students aged three to 16 and Mr Reeves wanted them to learn about how their lives differ from those in Nepal after the earthquake last month which killed almost 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000.

The students took it upon themselves to wash cars, mow lawns and bake and sell cakes to raise the money. The school also held a fun day where the younger pupils wore fancy dress and the older teens and staff wore a hat.

“We chose Stand by Me as the charity to support as we wanted to support the relief effort in Nepal and they are a fantastic charity in terms of their impact on the ground,” said Mr Reeves.

He also attended school with the charity’s project director, Ahmad Ayoubi, who was adopted from Lebanon by David Spurdle, Stand by Me’s executive director.

The charity, based in Butts Green Road, is currently caring for 120 children in Nepal. When the earthquake struck the children were on a trip and thankfully this meant they were safe.

The money raised will go towards rebuilding the country after the devastating event.

For more information visit the charity’s website at standby.me

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