School staff cycle across county to raise funds for zoos

Alan Waldon, Headteacher at Catch22 Include Suffolk

Staff from local Catch22 Include primary schools will be cycling across Suffolk tomorrow to raise money for local zoos.

After growing increasingly concerned over the plight of the zoos, they have arranged a sponsored cycle ride to show their support and raise funds for the Zoological Society of East Anglia.

Headteacher at Catch22 Include Suffolk, Alan Waldron, says: “The zoos are hugely important educational outlets for our students. Our focus is to progress our vulnerable young children back into being re-engaged with mainstream education, and we do that by building their confidence and encouraging them to take a strong interest in the world around them. Zoos are an amazing way to do this. They are perfect for school trips and for children to have somewhere positive and educational to go at the weekends.”

Catch22 Include Suffolk is a primary school for more than 60 children aged 5 to 11 years old who have previously been excluded from mainstream schooling; in Suffolk, there are three locations in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, and Lowesoft.

The sponsored cycle will see Alan and curriculum lead Thomas James cycle from Lowesoft to Bury St Edmunds and then to Ipswich, this Friday (17th July). Alan has raised £365 so far through their JustGiving page but is so eager to see this number rise.

Alan Waldron and Thomas James

Gary Batters, Managing Director for the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), said: “Conservation and education is a big part of what we do at the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), and it’s important to us to be able to continue this work. We are so grateful to every single fundraiser and those who have made kind donations.

“We still have a huge mountain to climb to survive over the long winter period ahead and any support is really appreciated.”

Catch22 also operates a number of programmes in the Suffolk area, directing young people towards pro-social activity, including Reparation, Mentoring, and the local Suffolk Positive Futures programme, which uses sports to reduce crime and transform children’s lives away from anti-social behaviour.

Those who would like to donate can do so at: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/includesuffolk

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