Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Send a Smile from Hadrian's Wall
Children at nearby Greenhead and Herdley Bank Schools were invited by The Blue Peter Team to become involved with their Send a Smile! Appeal, which is devoted to helping children born with cleft lips and palates. (Click on the highlighted words as it takes you to the Blue Peter appeal website and a video.) Operation Smile sends teams of volunteer medical professionals to provide free reconstructive surgery.
The children designed their own T-shirts and transformed them into medical gowns. They then appeared on Blue Peter last 5th November 2009. They got dressed up in their T-shirts and draped their "Send a Smile" banners up at Walltown Crags across Hadrian's Wall.
They enjoyed taking part and helped to raise some money/equipment for a great cause. They got a lot of fun out of the whole day. They especially got a buzz out of watching the programme to see who appeared and/or got a mention. They really liked the idea that they were helping children across the world and could see the physical things that they had made actually making a difference. A local journalist, David Coulter, has written it up here.
They were very chuffed that they got a Blue Peter Badge for their efforts as well.
Mr. Hadriana couldn't wait to try one on as he had been desperate to get a Blue Peter Badge as a child. They do say that..."all good things come to he who waits".. Don't they? ;)
Have you earned any precious Blue Peter Badges and if so...what for?