St Ives youngsters dress in orange to help raise funds for Magpas

(Front left-right) Kieran, Georgia, Alexander, George, and Grace, and (back left-right) Daniel, Julia, and Elise on Orange Day. (Front left-right) Kieran, Georgia, Alexander, George, and Grace, and (back left-right) Daniel, Julia, and Elise on Orange Day.

Sunday, June 1, 2014
12:00 PM

There was a sea of orange at a St Ives school as youngsters ditched their usual uniform and dressed in the same bright colour to help raise funds for Magpas.

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Pupils at Wheatfields Primary were supporting the emergency medical care charity’s annual Orange Day – when people are encouraged to dress in the same colour as its distinctive helicopter.

The children went one step further and ate an orange-themed lunch when everything was orange-ish (fish fingers, baked beans and chips followed by jelly and cake), apart from the peas and cucumber.

Jacki Dadds, PA to the headteacher, said they raised more than £200.

She added: “We had orange t-shirts, baseball caps, head bands and even face paint. It’s quite surprising where they dig out the orange clothing from. The children and their parents are very creative.”

Meanwhile, there was a cake sale at the Huntingdon Magpas offices where orange cakes were on the menu.

Estate agents Maxine Lester and Thomas Morris both went all-out orange, wearing orange outfits. Thomas Morris staff in Huntingdon also sold oranges.

Antonia Brickell, head of communications at Magpas, said: “We changed last year from green to orange as it’s the colour of our helicopter and medics 
and people have been having a lot of fun with it.”

Last week’s (May 23) Magpas Helimedix Lottery was won by a ticket holder from Huntingdon, who will receive £1,000. To join the weekly lottery, call 0300 3214971.

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