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Sponsored Silence Benefits Cash for Kids Toys Appeal

Monday, 16 December 2013

Bolton School Year 7 girls have raised a staggering £2404.90 from a day-long sponsored silence which will benefit radio station Key 103’s Cash for Kids’ Toys Appeal.  The cash was converted into toys for children aged up to eighteen years old through a lunchtime visit to the Toys R Us store at Trinity Retail Park in Bolton.  The toys will be distributed to children and young people throughout Greater Manchester with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

Ten girls from Year 7, accompanied by five charity representatives from the Sixth Form and armed with calculators, filled their trollies with a range of toys for girls and boys.  Each pair of girls had £360 to spend on toys during the lunchtime trolley dash. Toys R Us gave the School a wonderful 20% discount on everything that was bought and arranged for the toys to be delivered to Key 103’s studios in central Manchester.

The group of girls buying the presents were the year’s charity representatives plus Amelia Doherty, who raised £210 single-handedly.  Amelia said: “The sponsored silence was hard, particularly at lunch time and particularly when older girls were trying to get us to speak!  However, we managed to keep quiet throughout the whole of the school day and were delighted to raise so much money that will help make Christmas better for a lot of young people.”

It is the second Christmas that the Girls’ Division has supported this campaign after Key 103 visited an assembly and told the pupils about those young people in need in Greater Manchester.

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The girls with their treasure-trove of Christmas gifts

The girls with their treasure-trove of Christmas gifts

Reaching for that must-have treat

Reaching for that must-have treat

It was all smiles when it came to the checkouts

It was all smiles when it came to the checkouts