AN ‘EXPLOSIVE’ week of learning helped to inspire students in Littlehampton to drum up an impressive sum for charity.
Children from across the Mandela Chapter at The Littlehampton Academy have been taking on a whole week of fundraising exploits to support needy causes.
The event, which finished on Friday (February 7), saw the more than 400 young people taking part in five days of non-stop action, which raised more than £600 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and WaterAid UK.
One of the highlights of the week was an exciting display by the academy’s science department, on Wednesday afternoon.
Dozens of parents and primary school children packed into one of the science rooms to watch as teachers demonstrated the explosive power behind chemical reactions, with plenty of flames and big bangs on hand to wow the crowds.
Mandela Chapter manager Steve Voice said the fund-raiser was a big success, with more cash still to be donated. He said: “This year has been a really exciting one for us.
“We had a two-day cake sale where we sold more than 100 cakes. We actually had to go home and cook some more because they were so popular.
“But the highlight of the week had to be the big bang science show.
“There was plenty of flames and explosions as the chemicals were mixed. Some of the furniture was even burnt. It was really explosive and an awesome display.”
Mr Voice added that the crowds were protected from the show’s fiery display by a clear glass window.
He said that many of those watching were primary school children.
“They loved it. It was the first time some of them had seen just what these substances can do, when mixed together,” he added. “So as well as being a really fantastic show, there was also a very important safety message for them to learn about.”
Other events included a Mandela Music Night on Thursday evening, which was entirely organised and performed by students from across the chapter.
On Friday, the week was rounded off with students dressing as their fictional favourites.
All the money raised will go towards supporting Marie Curie and WaterAid, which supports third world countries, providing impoverished communities with the resources to get fresh, clean drinking water.
Mr Voice added: “For us to raise £600 just shows the level of support in the school by its students and parents.
“It’s a really great amount of cash that is going to two very worthy causes.”