Girls' toy fund for St Andrew's Children's Hospice
FOUR young girls have proved they are on top of their game – by raising funds to buy toys for poorly children.
The former Wybers Wood Primary School pupils bought an Xbox games console, iPod and art and craft sets, among other items, for St Andrew's Children's Hospice.
The 11-year-olds raised a total of £322.79 through a non-uniform day and a cake sale.
Chloe Bessington said: "My brother, Sam, comes to the hospice often.
"It feels great to be giving these things that will help him and others here.
"I think the games will make everyone a lot happier."
Eight-year-old Sam has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as well as other problems, and attends the hospice every eight to 12 weeks for three or four days.
The hospice preferred to have toys and games donated rather than a financial contribution.
Student Erin Slater added: "We came up with the idea to do a cake sale as part of a community project.
"We donated toys and not money because that is what the hospice said they would prefer, and they gave us a list of things they would like.
"We asked a lot of shops and places to see if they could help us.
"Some gave us a cheaper price so our money went further, which is great."
And Mollie Thorpe-Green said: "We had help from our parents making the cakes that we sold to raise some of the money.
"I think poorly children deserve a lot because they don't get to do the same things as others.
"It feels great to have raised all the money and bought all the things to give away."
Friend Jessica Easter, 11, of St Nicholas Drive, Grimsby, added: "It feels really good to give. The children don't get the same chances so they deserve a lot."
Hospice community fundraiser Lynn Lemon added: "We need roughly £1.5-million a year to run the hospice and we get the majority of that from fundraisers like the girls. Without donations we wouldn't be able to operate and wouldn't be here at all. It just shows what a group of people even as young as 11 years old can do."
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