CHILDREN from an Old Basing school have pulled in the pounds for charity whilst doing their bit for the environment.

Pupils from Old Basing Infant School, at The Mead, in Old Basing, took part in UNICEF’s “Day for Change” initiative.

As part of the day-long project, schoolchildren were educated on the work of the international children’s charity that operates in over 190 countries.

Children then got stuck in by creating plant pots from old mugs and wellington boots using Pro-Grow compost, which was donated by environment services company Veolia.

Children from the school have been learning about sustainability and global awareness as part of the school’s curriculum.

The planters they created were then sold at a sale at the school, along with plants donated by Homebase and B&Q, raising £190 for UNICEF.

Tracey McCarley, headteacher at Old Basing Infant School, said: “We wanted to get involved because we wholeheartedly support UNICEF’s Day for Change. Small things that we can do will really make a difference to children around the world.”

Lee Phelan, general manager for Veolia in Hampshire, added: “This is a great project that Old Basing Infant School has come up with.

“We were glad to be able to help them out with some of our recycled compost to make it a really successful fundraising event for Unicef.”