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National Friendly starts the New Year by supporting local school

National Friendly, the Bristol-based mutual society celebrating its 150th year, gave a Year 2 class from Cabot Primary School, of some twenty children, reason to cheer this week. Working with Ablaze, a charity which targets inequality amongst the young in the South West, the children were taken to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at M Shed, Bristol. 

Karen McDonald, M Shed’s curator, kicked off proceedings with a 20 minute introductory talk to the children about the importance of wildlife, the environment and the purpose of the exhibition. For many of the children, this was their first visit to any museum exhibition, which was paid for in full by National Friendly, who also take part in the Reading Buddies programme run by the local charity Ablaze, where members of staff volunteer to read with children at the school, helping to develop their reading skills and confidence.

Thanking National Friendly, Sarah Quinton, the Year 2 teacher commented, “Year 2 had a fantastic day and they felt very inspired by everything they saw. Hopefully we will have more adventures in the near future and now have the bug for museums.” 

Jonathan Long, CEO at National Friendly, added, “We are delighted to support Cabot Primary School and give these children the chance to experience this wonderful exhibition put on by M Shed; it was great to see how excited they were. We look forward to continue working with Cabot Primary School through Ablaze's Reading Buddy programme.

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