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Hard up mums raise cash for kids’ summer fete

PUBLISHED: 17:08 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

Fun day at Dee Street, Poplar, London, UK July 19, 2008

Fun day at Dee Street, Poplar, London, UK July 19, 2008

Carmen Valino

THE kids just bubbled over and couldn’t wait to get painted up’ fore their first ever school summer fair at Poplar’s Nursery and Infant school on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon. It was also something special for the mums and dads in one of London’s more deprived neighbourhoods who managed to scrape the cash together for the summer fair, even though most are out of work

THE kids just bubbled over and couldn't wait to get 'painted up' for their first ever school summer fair.

They were let loose on the face paint artists and competed in the bubble blowing contest at Poplar's Nursery and Infant school fete on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon in East London.

It was also something special for the mums and dads in one of London's more deprived neighbourhoods.

They managed to scrape the cash together for the summer fair, even though most are out of work.

Many of the children are on free school dinners, with most families either unemployed or in the lowest income bracket. So their budget was naturally limited.

But they raised enough to hire a bouncy castle as well as ingredients for food items, prizes for stalls, balloons and printed leaflets.

Members of the school's Parents' Association went out fundraising around Poplar's Aberfeldy Estate and along the East India Dock-road calling on shops for donations, from the local grocer's to the pub on the corner and the chip shop.

The parents and teachers then gave up their time on Saturday to run the stalls, making it a really fun day for the youngsters.

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