RAGS TO RICHES: Beckton schoolchildren raise money for Tuberous Sclerosis Association

Children at a school in Beckton, in the London borough of Newham, have done themselves proud and made a noble contribution toward charitable causes after organising a clothes collection on behalf of the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, the Newham Mag has reported.

Pupils from the Ellen Wilkinson Primary School and Children’s Centre, off Tollgate Road in the south of the borough, got together with parents and teachers to collect old and unwanted clothes for the charity. Eleven children from the ‘We Day‘ citizenship group at the school took on the responsibility of going around classes and encouraging fellow students to rummage through their wardrobes and cellars for clothes they no longer wanted.

(c) G. Vojtko/U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons – file photo

Charity Clothes Aid, who were also involved in the garments drive, then pooled all the clothes gathered from Ellen Wilkinson pupils and parents together and were able to net an impressive £285, which will be donated to the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, which was launched in 1977 to support sufferers of this genetic condition and their families. The TSA was chosen by the students to be the beneficiary of their clothes collection donations.

Lara, one pupil at the school said to the Newham Mag: “I have now learned what helping charities means and I would like to help others in future”. Her classmate Alexandra added: “I would really love to do this again because helping others makes you feel better”

Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic condition that causes benign tumours to develop in the body, especially in the brain, heart, eyes, kidneys and lungs. Although not fatal in itself, tuberous sclerosis can cause complications such as epilepsy, learning disabilities, kidney disease and heart problems, and there is currently no cure.

If you are residing in London, UK. and wish to set up your own clothes collections for charity, please call the Clothes Aid helpline on 020 7288 8545 or visit www.clothesaid.co.uk

SOURCES:
“Rags to riches” – The Newham Mag <Issue 313>, Newham Council (10 April 2015)
“About The Tuberous Sclerosis Association” – Tuberous Sclerosis Association http://www.tuberous-sclerosis.org/about-us.html
“Tuberous sclerosis” – NHS Choices/National Health Service http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Tuberous-sclerosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
IMAGE CREDITS:
cc Search, Creative Commons http://search.creativecommons.org/
“File:US Navy 111123-N-HW977-185 Sailors weigh Thanksgiving food drive donations before delivery to the Corona-Norco Settlement House.jpg” – Greg Vojtko & United States Navy, Wikimedia Commons (23 November 2011) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_111123-N-HW977-185_Sailors_weigh_Thanksgiving_food_drive_donations_before_delivery_to_the_Corona-Norco_Settlement_House.jpg
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