School thanked from the far East
PUBLISHED: 11:12 06 October 2015
A CAMBODIAN village was the unusual source of a certificate of appreciation for a Somerset school this week.
Lympsham First School staff and pupils received the certificate after helping to raise more than £1,400 for a remote area of Cambodia, which has suffered with fever and malaria crises in recent years.
Teacher Karen Fotheringham forged the link with the area after visiting the South East Asia country in 2013, and got parents and pupils on board to donate money and clothes to which she took back in August this year.
Headteacher Fiona Robertson told the Mercury: “We started rasing funds through our Christmas performance, with parents donating to come along. It allowed us to buy mosquito nets when Mrs Fotheringham went back so the children did not catch malaria.
“The aim with the money is to help fund the building of a school over there. We have had a pledge from her husband through his company to supply two teachers for it as well.
“It’s taken us further and beyond anything we could have expected, and it has been great for our children to be able to appreciate the contrasting cultures through this partnership.”