School children are singing carols on Sleaford rail station while learning about trains this afternoon

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Year Five pupils from Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School in Sleaford will be helping to get rail passengers into the festive spirit today (Wednesday) as they combine studies on sustainable travel with carol singing at Sleaford and Grantham stations to raise money for Save the Children.

The children will walk from their school to Sleaford station by Rauceby Banks footpath where they are scheduled to sing from 1.40pm to 2.10pm. They will then travel to Grantham station to sing carols from 3pm to 3.20pm, before making their return journey to Sleaford station via the Poacherline rail service provided by East Midlands Trains to sing again from 5pm until 5.20pm. Sustrans school officer Jon Moody, who has been working in the school with the children said: “The children have been learning about all forms of sustainable travel and this is a great opportunity for the children to experience rail travel, whilst also raising money for a very worthwhile charity. They have planned out their journeys in a maths data handling lesson using an East Midlands Trains timetable and will be writing an account of their day in Literacy.”

The project is joint funded by the Poacherline Community Rail Project and Sustrans, a charity encouraging sustainable transport.