Churchill Academy & Sixth Form

Mend the Gap - Fundraising

Keen knitters required!

This summer, a group of our students will be travelling to Kenya along with Clevedon, Gordano and Chew Valley schools, to do humanitarian work through locally based charity Mend the Gap. We have been asked by the charity to bring with us red, green or blue school jumpers for the students that we will be working with.
Not all children in the village can afford to go to school, so to wear a uniform is a visible sign of school membership. Hand knitted jumpers are preferable because they need to be particularly hard-wearing - they will be passed from family to family. In the windswept Kisii highlands where the school jumpers will be used, temperatures often plummet to below 4 degrees in the early mornings. The wind chill factor makes it feel even colder, especially for young children.

Without school uniforms, children are often sent home. Many such children drop out of education altogether and miss out on life's chances and a way out of the circle of poverty.  If you are able to help, please click here for the knitting pattern required and more information.  For further information, please contact Kate Bayford in Design and Technology. We will be hugely appreciative of any donations that you can make!

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