A POOLE primary school has made thousands of donations for the people of Ukraine.

Pupils at Longfleet Primary School have donated an overwhelming amount of goods including clothing, food, sleeping bags and medical supplies that will be sent to those in need in Ukraine.

The primary school has now stopped collecting donations but has sent off an impressive three vans and a minibus worth of goods.

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The idea came from year 3 pupils at Longfleet, Thea Mowlem, 8, and seven-year-old Eryn Morris.

Thea said: “Our teacher told us about it, and we wanted to come up with ideas to help.”

The girls then approached headteacher Nigel Helm to pitch their plans.

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Mr. Helm said: “I thought it was a lovely idea- it’s very much keeping with our school values.

“One of our values is kindness. We want children to be kind to each other in school, but then share their kindness outside of the school too.

“It’s great that it’s an idea that’s come from them and grown from them.”

Donations from pupils and their families began to flood in, with volumes exceeding any expectations.

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Mr. Helm added: “We just thought we’d get a few tins of food or some toys.”

Thea and Eryn said: “We’ve brought in clothes, batteries, tinned food, baby things, medical bits and lots of other things.”

The girls also said that they were very proud of their classmates.

Staff at Longfleet have been working exceptionally hard too. Lorraine Percy, the year 3 leader, alongside the schools IT technician, PJ Oulton, and site manager, Robin Heawood, have used their free time to help organise and pack the donations.

The primary school also had a cake sale on Tuesday in which pupils raised £800 for UNICEF who are supporting children affected by the Ukraine war.

Mr. Helm said: “The school’s vision is life in all its fullness. It’s about helping those in need. This is an example of this in action.”