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Children who helped Africa crisis meet Patrick Vieira

PUBLISHED: 15:10 17 November 2011

Gillespie children with Alan Duncan, minister for international development, and Chancellor George Osborne

Gillespie children with Alan Duncan, minister for international development, and Chancellor George Osborne

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Highbury children who raised cash for the East Africa Crisis Appeal met former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira.

Pupils from Gillespie School in Gillespie Road, Highbury, went to Downing Street on Monday and enjoyed a chat with midfield legend Vieira and another former Gunner Niall Quinn. They also met Chancellor George Osborne.

Gillespie students were invited to the reception after they raised £1,000 through sponsored cycles and runs around Clissold Park on October 16 for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) East Africa Crisis Appeal.

Pupils Jessie Hermer, six, George Brett, 10, Shae-Sandra Callanan-Bailey, 10, Shay Iverson-Morgan, 10, and Maha Khan, nine, went along.

Mark Owen, their head teacher, said: “The pupils had a magnificent time. It was great to be involved.”

Tackle Famine, a partnership between the Premier League and DEC set up by government, will see football grounds donate advertising space and fans asked to donate through texting FOOD to 70000.


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