YOUNGSTERS are smashing down the generation barrier to help keep older people warm this winter.
Pupils at Lord Blyton Primary school are gearing up to host a “wear it woolly” day to raise funds for Age UK South Tyneside.
The event has been organised to link with the charity’s drive to sell 2,500 bobbles ahead of Bobble Day on February 8.
Money raised will be used to fund services to keep older people warm, which includes providing volunteers to visit homes to reduce isolation.
Bobble Day in South Tyneside is being supported by the Shields Gazette and Asda stores in South Shields and Boldon.
Headteacher Joanne Atherton said: “This is a fantastic way to raise children’s awareness about vulnerable groups in our community.
“We will be involving our whole school and the wider community with this exciting day. I am sure, as with all things, the children will go that extra mile and wear some crazy woollies to school.”
The ‘wear it woolly’ day forms part of the charity’s Spread The Warmth campaign and aims to teach children key citizenship values.
John Briers, chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside, said: “Bobble Day is a great way to have fun and to raise vital funds to support older people living in our community.
“Every winter, over 200 people die every day from preventable causes due to cold weather.
“By getting involved with Bobble Day, people in South Tyneside will support us to combat some of the problems that far too many older people face throughout the winter.
“Taking part is simple – all you have to do is wear something warm, buy a bobble from the Shields Gazette or make a donation to Age UK South Tyneside.”