Singathon will help raise roof

MUSIC and singing were raising the roof to bring in cash for a Martlesham school.For a whole 24 hours teachers, parents and pupils strummed and sang to raise funds for a new swimming pool roof at Martlesham's Beacon Hill School.

MUSIC and singing were raising the roof to bring in cash for a Martlesham school.

For a whole 24 hours teachers, parents and pupils strummed and sang to raise funds for a new swimming pool roof at Martlesham's Beacon Hill School.

Originally the singathon was supposed to take place in the school hall in Blacktiles Lane but changed at the 11th hour to the Richards Room on Felixstowe Road after a mystery complainant feared the music may prove disruptive.

However the show must go on and it is believed that around £1,000 may have been raised from the venture last weekend.

The Raise the Roof committee is trying to get £45,000 together for a new roof for the outdoor swimming pool at the school.

Pupils could only use the pool a few times out of the year because it was so cold, so parents got together to raise funds throughout the year for a roof.

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Children from the school also put on an hour-long performance during the afternoon to help with the fundraising.

Caroline Paine, one of the organisers said: "There were a few musicians who were able to keep it going through the early hours and it was all really good."

At the moment around £5,000 has already been donated since the fund began in January and there are many more events to come.

Douglas Paine, Colin Gray and Stephen Stokes are already in training for the Washington Marathon in October.

An adult quiz night, abseiling down the side of Ipswich Hospital, an adult quiz night and of course a children's sponsored swim at Deben Pool, Woodbridge are just some of the things to come.

Anyone who wants to help out or donate some money should contact Caroline Paine on 01473 610056.

WEBSITE: www.freezingkids.org.

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