Concerned mothers used the ancient craft of origami to help raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

The Japanese mothers and their children, who attend Wimbledon Chase Primary School, folded over 1,000 cranes which they sold over three days this week for £1 each, with all proceeds going to Japan Relief.

Fumika Kurabayashi, who is helping to coordinate the initiative, said: “Our hope is to benefit the Japanese people both spiritually and tangibly.”

In Japan, it is common practice for students to fold cranes to commemorate Hiroshima or Nagasaki and it has become the Japanese symbol of world peace.

Japanese legend states that, if a person folds 1,000 cranes, their deepest desire will come true; with the Wimbledon-based teaming hoping to raise £1,000 for the relief effort.

Further origami workshops will take place at the school in coming weeks, with a sushi workshop to build a greater awareness of Japanese culture to students.

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