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

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

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.

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.”

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