Fund-raising and a flypast

Pupils at Longhoughton First School during their fund-raising day for CLIC Sargent.
Pupils at Longhoughton First School during their fund-raising day for CLIC Sargent.

Children from Longhoughton Church of England First School were busier than ever last Friday.

In the morning, they walked nearly three miles across the fields, round the quarry and through the woods to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports children and young people with cancer, and the School Fund.

The RAF Boulmer search and rescue helicopter at Longhoughton CE First School's summer fair.

The RAF Boulmer search and rescue helicopter at Longhoughton CE First School's summer fair.

There was no danger of anyone getting lost though, as they wore bright yellow T-shirts, with the school’s logo, a helicopter on them. The children also wore wigs, in recognition of the children and young people who are supported by CLIC Sargent.

Then in the afternoon, they were wearing their T-shirts again, to welcome a helicopter from 202 Squadron, which opened the school’s Summer Fair with a special fly-past.

The fair had a helicopter theme, to say thank you to 202 Squadron for their years of service at RAF Boulmer. Headteacher Tracey Critchlow said: “The school has a long association with the RAF base, and 202 Squadron, and everyone was delighted that the helicopter could start the fair off with a fly-past, and then land in the field so we could all have a really close-up look at it.”