PUPILS have completed their fundraiser in response to the Australia bushfires.

Children from Ysgol y Foryd in Kinmel Bay managed to raise £655 for Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild (Woodies); their premises, all materials and equipment were destroyed by the Mogo firestorm.

The school has a personal link as a past student teacher, who now lives in Australia, was affected by the devastating fires.

Children had planned to deliver a live performance of Supertramp’s ‘Give A Little Bit’ as part of the fundraiser, but the virus pandemic sadly put a stop to this.

Carmel Patterson, teaching assistant, said: "Woodies kindly sent us some toys they had made as a thank you and our school prime minister Elle Young got to open them on her birthday. They are not entitled to any funding. It is a place when people from the community go do woodcraft.

"We sadly couldn't do the live performance of the song we had prepared as lockdown came along. This was due to take place at Kinmel Bay church.

"Parents still kindly donated their money to the fundraiser.

"I had the idea. I went to the headteacher with it and everyone has got involved - staff, children, nursery, parents.

"To raise funds we did a coffee shop, raffle, bag pack and received individual donations from place of work and parents

"We plan on having a sloth party when we return as lots of children now own one.

"I am a very proud teaching assistant."