A CALL has gone out to support an upcoming festive event at a school in Cirencester.

More than 70 pupils at Cirencester Deer Park School are planning to volunteer at a school in Ghana for two weeks in June next year and decided to organise a Christmas Bazaar to contribute towards the costs of the trip.

Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, choirs, face painting, mulled wine, mince pies and an array of stalls at the school's festive fundraiser on Sunday, December 17 between 12pm and 5pm.

Headteacher Richard Clutterbuck will be dressing up as Santa Claus for the occasion.

Organisers are looking for local businesses, residents and community groups to book a stall at the event.

PE teacher Rosanna Blacker, who is helping organise the event, said: "Here at Cirencester Deer Park, we pride ourselves on developing our students' cultural capital and knowledge of the world they live in. 

"This comes in the form of providing enrichment activities to many overseas destinations. 

"One such opportunity for our Year 10 and 11 students in June 2024, is a volunteering trip to Ghana in Africa for two weeks.

"This will not only enable our students to immerse themselves in a totally different culture and environment, but also to provide help and support to other less privileged communities; this takes the form of supporting in the classroom, teaching sports skills or undertaking building work. 

"To enable this to happen, we need the support of the local community .

"Our Christmas Bazaar will be a wonderful event to get us all into the Christmas spirit and raise money for the trip to Ghana. 

"There will be many different stalls selling a variety of merchandise like crafts and cakes to name but a few – an ideal place to buy your Christmas gifts.

"Please all come along! If you would like to book a stall table for £10 or sing a song please email ghana2024@deerparkschool.net."