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Teddy bear picnic raises money for school in Africa

Teddy bear picnic raises money for school in Africa

Lucy Golding

Teddy bear picnic raises money for school in Africa

If you went down to Maidenhead Nursery School this week you would have had a big surprise.

More than 50 children at the School Lane centre hosted a teddy bears picnic to raise cash for an African kindergarten.

Youngsters were sponsored to bring in their favourite cuddly toys on Friday as well as hosting a cake sale for the Mnyakongo Primary School in Tanzania.

Teacher Rose Schofield-Webb will be visiting Mnyakongo later this month with friend Barbara Laing.

Barbara, who lives in Belmont Road, was a pupil at Mnyakongo from the age of seven to 15.

The 69-year-old has been fundraising for the school since 2008, along with a other ex-pupils.

So far she has raised about £10,000.

Rose will present the children with Swahili books bought with funds raised by the Maidenhead Nursery School in 2012.

She said: "Alongside raising money, the aim of the visit is to raise global awareness as part of the school curriculum, and to start a dialogue between the two schools."

The picnic raised £111.

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