It’s not easy being green

Children from schools across the BFG area recently dressed in their best camoflage to raise money for SSAFA.

Camo Day has been happening across schools, nurseries and unit welfare coffee mornings and children have been donning their best camouflage outfits in aid of SSAFA.

The day is a worldwide non-uniform day that raises money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Among those who took part were children from Attenborough School and John Buchan School in Sennelager and Bishopspark School in Paderborn.

Attenborough School had its first joint SSAFA Camo Day alongside Save the Children Den Day on Friday, June 16.

 The children had the opportunity to create their own dens in the forest next to the school as well as learning drill, concealment and living in the field with soldiers from the QRH. Ann Scannell, Attenborough’s Forest School Leader, said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic opportunity to get the children outside learning the forest school ethos.

“The support from the QRH enhanced the experience for the children. This is something they will talk about for a long time.”

Youngsters from Bishopspark School enjoyed their Camo Day on Thursday, June 24, with the support of 1 PWRR. Bishopspark Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 were given the chance to go to the Tiger’s Den to look around, get inside a range of military vehicles and handle different equipment.

Claire Sell, Foundation Stage Leader, said: “The children enjoy getting dressed up as soldiers, like their mums and dads, and there has been lots of creativity with camo material this year.

“A massive thank you to parents who donated cakes and to 1 PWRR again this year, especially Y company. The soldiers have been fab.”

Pupils and staff at John Buchan School also joined in with the fun and dressed up in their best camouflage.

A spokesperson for the school said: “A big thank you to everybody who took part in this event to support this very worthy cause.

“It was fantastic to arrive at school amidst a sea of green. Pupils and staff have gone all out to wear all sorts of Army related costumes.

“In particular, our office staff represented the land girls with matching outfits and headscarves, ready for action. Everyone looked so good that if we all stood out in the forest, no-one would know we were there.

“It was great fun and we raised an incredible amount of money for a great cause. Thank you for your donations.”

All monies raised will benefit the Paderborn community. SSAFA is a tri-force charity supporting service personnel, veterans and their families.

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