1st Oct, 2020

Westacre Middle School pupils' upcycling project raises funds for Danemere Animal Rescue Centre

PUPILS from Westacre Middle School had the chance to help animals of all shapes and sizes when they had a class trip to Danemere Animal Rescue Centre in Tibberton.

The year sevens were there to donate earnings from the annual ‘Blood, Sweat and T-shirts’ enterprise challenge held throughout their summer term.

The children were tasked with upcycling waste to create products to sell and there were a range of items from bags made from old clothing to wooden door signs made from recycled scrabble letters and lanterns made from baked bean cans.

As part of the project the youngsters were shown footage of other children from around the world who are forced into employment to help support their families.

They also researched, designed and manufactured their products to ensure they were of good quality.

The winning group ‘Revamped’ was made up of Rhianna Dunn, Chloe Hart, Emily Horton, Emma Jones and Laoni Ryback.

They made can lanterns and candles in recycled eggshells which raised them the most revenue of more than £100.

They chose Danemere Animal Rescue which was also selected by last year’s winners.

The girls now attend Droitwich Spa High School but returned to their middle school to make the donation and show how well they were progressing.

Phil Cotton, Westacre’s head of year seven, said: “To generate such a wonderful idea of recycling egg shells into candles makes them deserved winners and I am exceptionally proud of the whole year group – they all showed exceptional team work and I’m sure we have some Dragon’s Den candidates for the future.”

Laoni Ryback, a member of the winning group, added: “It’s so nice to be able to do something good for someone else.

“Who would have thought a bunch of eggshells could have made such a difference to these animals?”

An additional donation has also been made to Oxfam, the charity the project has supported for the last five years.

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