Pupils used pedal power to create smoothies in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Dorset Echo: PEDAL-POWER: Pupils running the bike-powered smoothie maker PEDAL-POWER: Pupils running the bike-powered smoothie maker

DORCHESTER pupils used pedal power to create yummy smoothies in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Damers First School held a smoothie day where pupils made drinks on a pedal-powered smoothie maker.

The aid was created by the school council to raise funds for those affected by the Philippines Typhoon.

The event was supported by Sustrans, and Waitrose in Dorchester donated £25 towards the cost of the ingredients.

More than 150 pupils took part and blended their own smoothies across the day’s event.

A spokesman for the school said: “The school council has been so passionate and enthusiastic about running this event. One of our members currently has relatives living in the Philippines and the whole fundraising idea came from them.

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

School Council member Lily Roberts said: “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.”

Sustrans has worked with the school since September 2013.

Sustrans Bike It officer, Jonathan Dixon, is working with teachers, pupils and parents to encourage children to get to school under their own steam.

Mr Dixon 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.”

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