To mark World Asthma Day on Tuesday, five pupils from Holbeach Primary School raised over £200 for the Ella Roberta Foundation by crafting 1,000 handmade paper cranes for the children’s ward at Lewisham Hospital.
The colourful tribute took the girls over two months to make, and was inspired by the the story of Sadako Sasaki and the Japanese legend that promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. After hearing this story, the five girls made it their mission to craft 1,000 colourful paper cranes in memory of their friend Ella, who received regular care at Lewisham Hospital.
Eva, 10, a pupil at Holbeach Primary School and one of the five star crane-maker’s, said:
“We wanted to raise money for the Ella Roberta Foundation as we knew Ella. At first we weren’t very good at making the cranes, making just one took us about fifteen minutes – now I can make one in under a minute! We are really proud now it is finished.”
Christine Carnell, Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Holbeach Primary School, said:
“The girls’ enthusiasm for their project hasn’t dimmed one bit since they started back in February. They have been wonderful - they have given up lunch times and come in after school – they haven’t stopped but they have absolutely loved it.”
Robert Cole, Matron for Children’s Acute Services, said:
“The paper cranes are so colourful - they will certainly brighten up the children’s ward and be a great talking point! We are so grateful the girls thought of us when they decided to make the 1,000 cranes for Ella. These types of handmade decorations are exactly what we need to make the ward feel more homely and comforting.”