South View Community Primary School pupils and staff walk ten miles a day, over ten days, to raise funds for repairs to Crowland Abbey
Pupils and staff at a Crowland school have made a start on a sizeable fundraising effort needed to repair the town’s abbey.
South View Community Primary School was motivated to act after a vandalism spree at Crowland Abbey a year ago left its leaders with a repair bill of nearly £132,000.
But the school was not put off by the costs of replacing windows, installing CCTV equipment and other security measures, raising more than £2,300 by walking ten miles in ten days before the half-term break.
Violet Cook (11), chairman of South View's school council, said: "We decided that this year we would like to raise money to support a charity and organisation within our local community.
"It was decided that we would fundraise for Crowland Abbey as it had been hit by a spate of vandalism recently.
"The school council organised an event where children and staff of South View walked one mile a day around the school playing field for ten consecutive school days.
"We obtained sponsorship from families and friends, as well as setting up a Justgiving page."
Head teacher Joanne Tomlins said: "Crowland is such a wonderful community which is why, as a school, we were so sad to hear that there had been damage to our beloved abbey.
"We visit it regularly throughout our school year so our school councillors felt that we should help.
"Our South View children have made me very proud and I am sure the community are proud of them too.
"Crowland is for all of us and we all have a role to play in looking after it."
The Rev Charles Brown, priest-in-charge of Crowland Abbey, said: "I'm overjoyed that the children and staff at South View agreed to do this and I'm going to thank them personally when the school holds its assembly on Friday.
Crowland district and county councillor Nigel Pepper said: "Sadly, Crowland Abbey has been the target of mindless vandalism over recent years so I applaud the pupils and staff for raising funds in this way for such a worthy cause.
"All in the Crowland community expect the abbey to be available for our use and tend to take it for granted.
"But with every pupil at South View having participated in the sponsored walk, each and everyone of them is playing an important part in contributing to the future of Crowland's most important building.
"I have personally contacted the head teacher to inform her that, as their county council representative, it gave me an overwhelming sense of pride and admiration to join them on the walk.
"The pupils and staff are a credit to South View Primary School and the community in Crowland."