Gruelling ordeal to create more opportunities for Southville pupils

Published on: 29 Aug 2017

Paula and Emily

Pictured: Paula and Emily

TWO women who work at Southville primary school went through a gruelling 12-hour ordeal to raise money for some of the school’s less well-off pupils.

Paula Mathias, the school’s parent liaison assistant, and Emily Poole, a learning assistant, completed the Cotswold Challenge to walk 50km (more than 31 miles) along the Cotswold Way from Bath to Wotton-under-Edge.

This was despite Emily hurting her hip half way, and having to struggle the rest of the way with an icepack on the injury.

It was tough going but the pair knew it would be a challenge. “You’re not going to get something for nothing!“ Paula told the Voice. “The Cotswold Way has five different routes, and this was the most hilly!”

They raised more than £1,800 to start an enrichment fund for the pupils. It will be used to support children whose families can’t afford to pay for school trips and even basic things like a drink bottle.

Paula said the school has a very diverse range of family backgrounds – some children have holidays in Australia, while others can’t afford a book bag.

“I was talking to a parent who said her child didn’t go on a school camp because they were too embarrassed to say they couldn’t afford it,” she said. 

“You think, that’s not fair. They all deserve the same education!” said Paula.

The new enrichment fund means that children who can’t afford the school items that most families take for granted can now ask for help.

Paula and Emily hope their walk will be the first of many events to keep the fund topped – the Voice will keep you posted.

Facebook: @Paulandemily50kadventure


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