A NEW fund-raising campaign has been launched at a Huntingdonshire primary school to kick-start a long-awaited plan to update the classrooms and facilities. Abbots Ripton CofE Primary School, which was built in 1963, would like to build a new classroom, t

Pupils from Abbots Ripton School kick start the fundraising campaign.

A NEW fund-raising campaign has been launched at a Huntingdonshire primary school to kick-start a long-awaited plan to update the classrooms and facilities.

Abbots Ripton CofE Primary School, which was built in 1963, would like to build a new classroom, two meeting rooms, a covered play area, modernised its toilets, extend the staff room and provide a fully equipped library and media suite.

The majority of the funds for the £750,000 project has been provided by the Ely Diocese. The school, however, still needs to find a contribution of more than £35,000.

Linda Nixon, speaking on behalf of the school's fundraising committee, said: "This is a huge task for a small school and we have a few things we are going to do to help us achieve this target."

Among the fundraising events planned by the school is an auction of promises on Saturday, October 14, which will include some fantastic prizes.

People will be able to bid for a signed Manchester United shirt, a weekend for two at any Hilton hotel, a family bowling trip at Lakeside lodge, and Paddock passes for Huntingdon races.

A buy a brick campaign has also been launched giving people the chance to become part of the history of Abbots Ripton School.

A foundation brick costs £50 and a building costs £5.

Mrs Nixon added: "We especially want to appeal to past pupils of the school who might be interested in our plans. There will be a permanent record of contributors within our new extension and a certificate for every purchase.

"Anything anyone can do to help us will be invaluable. This is a very happy school where the children remain at the heart of everything we do."

INFORMATION: Tickets for the auction are on sale at the school office for £1.50. To buy a brick contact Linda Nixon on 01487 773318 or write to her at Abbots Ripton CofE School, Wennington Road, Abbots Ripton, Cambs. PE28 2LT.