Bolton School Senior Girls

Trolley Dash is Christmas Gift for Manchester Children

Having raised almost £2,300 through a day’s Sponsored Silence earlier in the term, Year 7 girls at Bolton School utilised their lunch break to spend the money in a rapid trolley dash around Bolton’s Toys R Us store as they bought gifts for Key 103’s Mission Christmas Appeal. 

The girls, all of them Form charity representatives, clearly enjoyed themselves as they filled trolley after trolley with toys, each pair having to work within a limited budget and timeframe.  The pupils, who were accompanied by teachers and charity representatives from the Sixth Form armed with calculators, bought a range of gifts for girls and boys. The Toys R Us store generously offered a 10% discount and free delivery of the presents to Manchester’s Key 103 studio. Gifts for younger children were bought at the store and some of the funds raised were put towards buying gifts from Boots for older children.  

Recalling the sponsored silence, Year 7 pupil Katie said: "I really enjoyed taking part in the sponsored event and it was funny watching everyone try and keep quiet whilst they had to communicate at the same time. The most difficult part of the day was probably netball because you couldn't ask for the ball, you could only signal. I am glad we raised so much money for such a good cause."

This is the third time that the Girls’ Division has supported the campaign after Key 103 visited an assembly and told the pupils about those young people in need in Greater Manchester. 

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, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.


Trolley Dash at Toys R Us

The Year 7 girls filled their trollies with gifts for disadvantaged children in Manchester. They even got a thank you from Father Christmas himself who joined them for this photograph.

Tough choices had to be made - how to best spend the money in the timeframe

These girls were rather pleased with their purchases