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Caring pupils show support for a charity that helps their friend

Posted onPosted on 7th Aug

Children at Mapplewells Primary School, Sutton, have raised £705.05 for the charity Annabelle’s Challenge, which supports a fellow pupil with a rare condition — Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Vascular EDS).

Pupil Evie-Grace Woodward, 11, has Vascular EDS, which affects around 740 people in the UK.

The incurable condition causes a collagen deficiency, increasing a risk of arteries or internal organs to rupture.

Through a non-uniform day, and some children donating their own enterprise money to the cause, the school now hopes that its contribution will help the charity to continue raising awareness about the rare and life-threatening condition.

Fran Marshall, PSHE leader at the school, said Mapplewells children were known for their generosity.

“Our Year 6 children donated profits from their award-winning enterprise scheme, Blue Bakery, where they sold homemade delicious cookies and cakes. What a thoughtful idea.”

Samantha Leek, deputy head, said children were keen to rally their support.

“I am incredibly proud of our school community for working together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthy cause. Thank you for all being true Mapplewellians.”

Jared Griffin is the founder of Annabelle’s Challenge, which hosts the annual REDS4VEDS day, where supporters wear red to raise awareness.

He visited the school and said he was pleased with its efforts.

“I was delighted to visit Mapplewells to see first-hand how their fundraising efforts have generated such a fantastic amount for the charity,” he added.

“The amount raised will go directly towards our vascular EDS conference in May 2020.

“Evie-Grace Woodward hosted the annual REDS4VEDS campaign again this year in school and the results have surpassed her previous year, for which I am extremely grateful on behalf of our community.”

To find out more about the charity and how to support its work, go to or Twitter @AJsChallenge

Pictured are Mapplewells Primary School pupils with Evie-Grace (back row, third right) and charity founder Jared Griffin (back row, second right).