Mapplewells Primary School children raise money for charity who support their friend

Children at Mapplewells Primary School in Sutton in Ashfield have raised a whopping £705.05 for a charity called ‘Annabelle’s Challenge’ who support a fellow pupil with a rare condition called Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Vascular EDS).

Mapplewells Primary School children raise money for charity who support their friend

Pupil Evie-Grace Woodward (age 11) has Vascular EDS which affects around 740 people in the UK. The incurable condition causes a collagen deficiency, increasing a risk of arteries or internal organs to rupture.

Through a non- uniform day, and some children donating their own enterprise money to the cause, the school now hope that their contribution will help the charity to continue raising awareness about the rare and life-threatening condition.

Miss Fran Marshall (PSHE Leader) at the school said the Mapplewells children were known for their generosity. "Our Year 6 children donated their profits from their award-winning enterprise scheme called 'Blue Bakery' by selling homemade delicious cookies and cakes. What a thoughtful idea!”

Miss Samantha Leek, Deputy Head Teacher at the school said children were keen to rally their support.  "I am incredibly proud of our school community for working together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthy cause. Thank you for all being true Mapplewellians!”

Jared Griffin is the founder of Annabelle’s Challenge which hosts the annual REDS4VEDS day, where supporters wear red to raise awareness. He visited the school and said he was pleased with their efforts.  "I was delighted to visit Mapplewells to see first-hand how their fundraising efforts have generated such a fantastic amount for the charity. The amount raised will go directly towards our vascular EDS conference in May 2020.

"Evie-Grace Woodward hosted the annual REDS4VEDS campaign again this year in school and the results have surpassed her previous year to which I am extremely grateful on behalf of our community”.

For anyone wanting to support the charity or find out more about the condition, please visit or Twitter @AJsChallenge

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