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Toy Trolley Dash Aids Cash for Kids

Monday, 14 December 2015

Girls in Year 7 spent their lunchtime dashing around Toys R Us to purchase presents for disadvantaged children and young people across Greater Manchester.

Earlier this term, the whole of Year 7 spent a school day in silence to raise money for Cash for Kids and Key 103’s Mission Christmas appeal, which provides presents to children aged 0-18 to make their Christmas morning special. The girls asked their friends and families to sponsor them to stay quiet throughout the day, and managed to beat last year’s fundraising with a final total of £2372.50!

Representatives from each Year 7 form have now visited Toys R Us at Trinity Retail Park in Bolton to spend a large portion of the funds on toys and games for children of all ages. The store was very helpful in assisting the School with the trolley dash.

The girls had lots of fun deciding what age groups each pair was going to buy for and discussing the kinds of things they wanted to pick up. They also worked hard to find the best deals and bargains to make their budget stretch even further, allowing them to purchase more gifts. The Year 7s were accompanied by members of staff and by four Sixth Form girls from the Charities Committee, who helped them to keep track of their spending as they rushed around Toys R Us, packing their trolleys with exciting presents!

Some of the money the girls raised was spent on DVDs and on gift sets from Boots, intended for older teenagers. The remainder was given to the Mission Christmas appeal as a cash donation, which will help Cash for Kids to buy big items such as bikes for older children.

Year 7 pupil Charlotte Martin said about her experience, “It feels like an honour to get to help people. Even though you don’t know the person, you still feel really good about it. It was very hard staying silent for a whole day and challenging to raise the money because you had to ask a lot of people, but it’s for a good cause so I didn’t mind doing it.”

On Thursday, Miss Marrs and Ms Noot will accompany a group of Year 7 girls to Key 103’s warehouse to drop off the haul of Boots items and DVDs. The girls may even be interviewed on the radio!

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The Year 7 girls raised enough money to buy a huge amount of gifts for Mission Christmas

The Year 7 girls raised enough money to buy a huge amount of gifts for Mission Christmas

Selecting the best toys

Selecting the best toys

The girls had fun hunting for deals

The girls had fun hunting for deals