This morning Brigadier Charlie Herbert came to Hazlegrove to give an Assembly about Ebola in Sierra Leone, following a posting there to support the efforts in dealing with the virus.
Charlie, a Hazlegrove parent, set up a charity "Magazine Wharf Kids" in direct response to the needs of families and children in one of the poorest parts of Freetown, whose lives have been decimated by the Ebola epidemic.
The children heard that the Ebola virus most likely came from one person eating bush meat from an infected bat, and that the virus today has affected many thousands of people.
Mr Birch volunteered to be dressed up in the full Ebola protective gear, and the children heard that it was so important not to have any skin at all uncovered. Mr Birch wore boots, suit, face mask, visor, apron and three sets of rubber gloves. He had to imagine how hot it is in Sierra Leone and especially with all the gear on. Workers were limited to one hour before they changed shift and had to have their name and the time they started written on their apron so they could be identified.
Charlie then went on to talk to the Pre-Prep children in their assembly.
Hazlegrove MAD (Making a Difference) will be sponsoring two children in Sierra Leone, hopefully right through their education. Jenneh is 4 years old and Samuel Junior is 7 and their lives have been turned upside-down by the Ebola epidemic. The Hazlegrove children gave Charlie polo shirts and caps to give to Jenneh and Samuel when he returns to Sierra Leone.
Click on the images below to find out more about Jenneh and Samuel