School’s fundraising fun to help African mission by ex-pupil

KEELEY'S WATER BABIES -- two of the Healdswood youngsters who took part in the 'water-carrying challenge' to raise money for Keeley Smith's African adventure.

KEELEY'S WATER BABIES -- two of the Healdswood youngsters who took part in the 'water-carrying challenge' to raise money for Keeley Smith's African adventure.

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Enthusiastic youngsters at a Skegby school spent the last day before half-term raising money for a trip to Africa by one of its former pupils.

Keeley Smith (19) is off to Tanzania in July on a voluntary mission to help schoolchildren in a village community receive a basic education.

So she was delighted to return to Healdswood Infant and Nursery School to watch an all-day ‘water-carrying challenge’ that will help fund her £2,000 expedition.

Seven teams of children attempted to carry water, in relay, from one side of the playground to the other in a variety of containers. All were sponsored by parents, family and friends, and the team with the most water saved at the end of the day were the winners.

“It was a fun way of raising money for a very worthy cause,” said head teacher Lucy Peet. “We are always trying to bring knowledge of the wider world to our children.

“Keeley is hoping to pair us up with the Tanzanian school, so we can begin a letter-writing exchange and send pictures, enabling our pupils to find out about the lives of children in Africa.”

Keeley grew up in Stanton Hill and after attending Healdswood, she moved on to Langwith Bassett Primary School and Shirebrook Academy. Her three-week African adventure is with a group of 11 students from Sheffield Hallam University, where she is currently studying accounting and finance.

“I know it’s a cliche, but when I was younger, I always wanted to take a bottle of clean water to Africa,” she said. “This isn’t water, but it’s my way of contributing and helping. We will be teaching English and helping to renovate the school and build a library.”