Enterprising Ryders Hayes pupils raise money for Air Ambulance

The Mayor of Walsall, Coun Garry Perry, with Ryders Hayes School pupils Sam Davies (left) and Josh Robbins

Pupils at Ryders Hayes School have proven their enterprise skills after organising a two-week fundraising and awareness campaign for Midlands Air Ambulance and raising more than £325 for the charity.

Members of the school council delivered a special assembly and launched a treasure hunt, followed by an all-day event, where each class had an opportunity to explore the Air Ambulance ‘pod’ before year 6 pupil Sam Davies took photographs of every class in front of the pod.

In the second week of the campaign, Coun Garry Perry, the Mayor of Walsall, came to the school, in Gilpin Crescent, to help judges an art exhibition, which was based on the air ambulance.

Winners of three age categories were chosen by the Mayor, along with Rachel Orlik, the school’s art co-ordinator; art teachers from Shelfield School, and Graham Speller, local artist.

The winners of the three categories are to have their artwork framed by Regal Frames, of Pelsall as part of their prize. Refreshments were provided by the Friends of Ryders Hayes, with all proceeds going to Midland Air Ambulance.

“I am really proud of these young people. Not only have they raised over £325 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Appeal, they have also collected in excess of 200 Easter Eggs during the same week, for Sandwell Young Carers and children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital,” said Coun Perry.

“They are a shining example of the positive contribution that our young people can make to their local communities.”

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