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Porthleven School pupils Surf Action day at Praa Sands

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

  • Children from Porthleven School and instructors from Surf Action at Praa Sands.

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KEEN to encourage support of service families and their friends, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Porthleven School, and combat veterans' charity Surf Action got together to create an event to put smiles on the faces of a number of local children.

Surf Action conducts regular Kids Surf Squad activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the summer in Cornwall.

Porthleven School has been very active in fundraising to provide amenities for their own service children and saw this as a great opportunity to include friends as well.

The Navy's air station regularly supports many community activities and was delighted to be involved with such a positive initiative.

The idea was hatched by Leigh Yates, of Porthleven School Parent and Teachers' Association, when she met Surf Action at the Cornwall Armed Forces day held at Heartlands, Pool, in June. She said: "Events like today are so helpful for spreading community spirit and support to service families and their friends. Porthleven School has so far raised £14,000 to improve facilities for our children, which includes 17 schools in the educational trust.

"We are very ambitious to raise more so that we can provide better facilities for all the children of our village and the surrounding area."

Charlene Bastedo, of Porthleven School, added: "We would like to say a big thank you to Surf Action and the Royal Navy from Culdrose for all their help in encouraging the children and having a really fun day today."

Justin Heath, of Surf Action, said the main focus for anyone they work with is to put smiles on faces.

He added: "It is great to extend our activities specifically for the benefit of our service children and their friends."

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