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pontllanfraith primary

Pupils at a Valleys primary school have been taking part in a very special fundraising challenge during this summer term.

Image of the children taking part in the exercise and holding maps of Britain

All the children at Pontllanfraith Primary have been joining a ‘daily mile’ event – walking around their school grounds, until together they will have walked or run the number of miles it would be to walk around the coast line of Britain!

Some are also completing a project based on the geography of the country (see links below to see some of their work) as they go along, working out and researching the areas where they would be at each stage of the journey.

a school boy and school gril holding a map of britain with large smiles

So far they have raised £1,125 for Tŷ Hafan – in memory of their classmate Thomas Meacham, who was cared for by our amazing Tŷ Hafan care team before he died.

Thomas would have been in Year 6 now and his classmates were very eager to complete a challenge in memory of him, before they leave the school in July, to begin secondary education.

The pandemic prevented this from happening in 2020 but now the children are organising the challenge, participated in by the whole school, in their last term at Pontllanfraith Primary.

The work has been coordinated by their Year 6 teacher Emily Wills.

Miss Wills said: ‘My class have been working on promotion work to gain more sponsors for the challenge, in the form of posters, flyers, presentations, and videos.

“My student ambassadors have also put together a project on our journey so far and are writing about why we are completing this fund-raising project and why it is close to their hearts.

“They are thoroughly enjoying all the work to complete this project and for such a great cause!”

As well as fundraising for Thomas the school will be dedicating a new shelter, which will be in the school playground, in memory of Thomas. This will be decorated with a mural to reflect the summer term fundraising project and will be used by future pupils of the school.

Thomas’ father, James Meacham said the family are “very proud” of the pupils who are fundraising in memory of him.

“Thomas has left a strong legacy with them,” he said.

“It’s very heart-warming to see, as his younger sister will be going into Year 3 at the school in September so it’s nice for her to see this challenge and to be part of it. It’s a lovely gesture in his memory.”

You can visit Pontllanfraith Primary's Just Giving page by clicking here.