Dorchester pupils use pedal power at charity auction

SMOOTH OPERATORS: Teacher Amber Rickard and Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans with the pupils

SMOOTH OPERATORS: Teacher Amber Rickard and Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans with the pupils

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THERE were some smooth moves on show as children at Damers First School held a fundraising event for the victims of the Philippines Typhoon disaster.

The school held a sponsored pedal powered smoothie day, which saw more than 150 children blend their own drinks to sell throughout the day using a pedal powered smoothie maker.

Children also received a visit from Sustrans Bike It officer Jonathan Dixon, who has been working with teachers, pupils and parents at the school to encourage youngsters to get to school under their own steam.

He said: “It’s great to be able to support an idea that the children from Damers First School have come up with, and really nice to see that they are thinking about cycling, fitness and health in order to raise money in this way.

“The bike smoothie maker is always great fun, and I hope that it will make more people think about getting on their bikes more often and raise money.”

The idea for the event came from the school council and pupils pulled out all the stops to make it a day to remember.

Teacher Amber Rickard said: “One of our members currently has relatives living in the Philippines and the fundraising idea came from them.

“They have carried out market research around the school, been in charge of advertising and put in many dedicated lunchtimes to ensuring the event happens”

School council member Lily Roberts added: “We have been putting in lots of time and effort to create this smoothie sale because we hope to raise lots of money for the Philippines fund.”

Waitrose supermarket in Dorchester donated £25 towards the cost of the smoothie ingredients.

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