Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students at King Alfred School Academy have designed unique ‘bug towers’ which they are auctioning for charity.

The school’s GCSE Design and Technology students have made the bug towers for gardens to encourage bugs such as butterflies and moths, worms, centipedes amd beetles to hibernate.

They are being auctioned off between now and 15th December to help the local mental health support charity, In Charley’s Memory.

The bug towers have been made over the past six weeks by the students working in pairs to design them using fully-recyclable materials.

During a visit to Brent Knoll’s Sanders Garden Centre, the hard-working students finally saw their projects. The students, along with Dawn Carey from In Charley’s Memory, visited the project at Sanders with school staff, along with Charley’s grandmother Pauline West, and Sanders Manager, Karen Hamer.

Student Jasmine Haines said: “Meeting Charley’s nan and his family, and talking about the bug towers, was amazing. Learning how much our efforts mean to them allow us to understand why the charity is so important in modern times.”

Dawn said: “Walking around the corner and seeing all of the towers spread out in front of me really made me feel emotional. The school are doing so much for us; we are all so grateful to the students who worked so diligently. They are all incredible!”

The bug towers are being auctioned on eBay until December 15th.

Principal Nathan Jenkins said: “These bug towers are simply brilliant and a credit to all the students. This was a tremendous community and charity project.”

In Charley’s Memory is now the official charity of The Priory Learning Trust for this year. It was founded by Charley’s mother after the TKASA student took his own life in 2014 after mental health struggles. ICM achieved official charity status in March 2015 and since then has moved into premises in Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, with a team of volunteers and staff.

Click here to see one of the auctions.


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