Maindee Primary pupils raise funds for Community House, Newport

Pupils from Maindee Primary school have raised £900 for Community House, a community project in Eton Road, Newport, which receives funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The head boy and girl of Maindee Primary presented a cheque to Ingrid Wilson, Chair of Trustees, and Sarah Miller and Zeina Hamid, youth project workers.

The fundraising has been led by Year 6 teacher, Ravi Baksh, who whist growing up in the area, was a regular visitor to Community House. Mr Baksh instigated a special school raffle to raise much needed funds. 

Mr Baksh said: “I really want young people to have teachers and role models that they can identify with. There was a lack of Asian male teachers when I was growing so I want to be someone kids can look up to. To work in Maindee, where I grew up, makes so proud. There is no better feeling than giving something back to the community.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Community House is a fantastic project that my office is delighted to fund alongside BBC Children-in-Need to support the many children and young people living in the area.

“The community centre is at the heart of Maindee and is there to help and support both young and old, hosting many community groups and charity activities alongside various support agencies. I am delighted to hear how the youth workers at the centre have adapted to ensure that young people were fully supported during the pandemic and received all the help they needed.

“This is a fantastic achievement by the school, pupils and their families.”