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School seeks your help for solar panels

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A CHURCH primary school is hoping its latest appeal will end up sunny side up. 


New Christ Church Primary School in Milman Road, Reading is raising funds for some solar panels – but it only has until the end of March to raise £10,000.

The school has raised £4,000 so far, but wants to reach its target and save on its energy bills in the process. It has taken a step of faith by installing the panels before the deadline for the superior feed-in tariff expires at the end of March. Now it’s looking to collect the rest of the much-needed money.

“We have been working really hard to fundraise the money ourselves, by holding cake sales, parent donations, a Bollywood evening and much more,” said Joanna Laynesmith, chair of the school’s PTA and the co-ordinator for Reading Christian Ecology Link.

The school is asking individuals, churches and local businesses for donations in return for personalised panels on their virtual solar roof.

A £5 donation buys a panel with a picture of your choice on (and your name attached), the larger the donation the larger the panel and for £100 this can be linked to your website.

So far, St John and St Stephen’s, Greyfriars and New Hope churches have helped schools in the area with similar schemes. Every £1 donation should eventually be worth up to £3 to the school thanks to the feed-in tariff.

Joanna says she is excited at the prospect of the school going green by getting the panels.

“Thanks to Park URC’s very visible solar panels, Christians in Reading are already recognised by Borough Council members as leaders in the movement to cut Reading’s carbon emissions,” she said.

“Tearfund, Christian Aid and Cafod are among many development agencies urging us to do all we can to cut our carbon emissions and educate others to do the same for the sake of the world’s poorest people who are already suffering the consequences of climate change.
“Perhaps you could consider a donation to New Christ Church as an opportunity to offset some of your church’s carbon emissions?”

School Bursar Lynda Stokes said: “I think the children, parents and staff at NCC have been amazing.

“I never imagined that they would be able to raise this amount of money towards the solar panels and I hope there are businesses out there that can help us reach our target.”

To help, or for details, log on to www.solarschools.org.uk/newchristchurch.

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