Students at a Lancashire school welcome the chance to get out of uniform for a day, and to help the Happy House at the same time.
The young people from St Aidan's CE Technology College, Preesall, swapped summer uniform for something cooler, in exchange for £1, when the school held a non-uniform day with proceeds being shared between the Happy House and the Mosamaria Aids Ministry in South Africa.
Year seven pupils in Mrs Joanne Rossall's class, who sponsor Linus, have done so much in the last year to raise awareness of our work throughout the school, and to raise money too.
This event is last of their year before they move up a form, and was literally the icing on the cake as there was also a cake sale to boost funds.
Our share of the non-uniform day was £239.50 with another £45 from the sale of cakes.
Thank you to everyone who took part for supporting our family in this way.
We may work in very different worlds, but our aim is shared - to empower children by providing the best education and opportunity
Phew, this really is hot work...
And you thought you were scorching, at the Happy House labourers are working in temperatures of 30degrees, digging out a soakaway pitt to carry away water from the kitchen where three meals a day are prepared with kilo upon kilo of veg and fruit to be washed every day.
Imagine the amount of water we use to get everything clean for 72 at breakfast and tea, and 160, plus some teachers and staff, at lunchtime.
The soakaway will be 2 metres square by 6 metres deep and the workmen are having to dig through coral, breaking it down and digging it out, making it tough work.
The cost to us will be £300. It seems a lot, but we really have to get the job done.