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Dream trip in store for Sheffield kids

Westfield School pupils at their fundraising shop at Crystal Peaks. One of the big money spinners was an autographed Sheffield United shirt.

Westfield School pupils at their fundraising shop at Crystal Peaks. One of the big money spinners was an autographed Sheffield United shirt.

Youngsters from a Sheffield secondary had the experience of a lifetime in store – after they decided to help fund their adventure with their own shop.

Westfield School took over a unit at Crystal Peaks for the Easter holiday to sell a wide range of stock, including clothes, toys, games, books and toiletries.

Their target is to raise £38,000 so a group of 28 pupils can travel to the African country of Malawi in July next year to help support the Senga School.

And the shop proved so successful it raised £600 in a single day.

Andy Scott, one of the parents co-ordinating the fundraising campaign, said a pupil had a relative who worked at the mall and asked if a unit was available.

“Our students had to make a presentation about what they were trying to achieve and what they intended to do with the unit,” he said.

“The management were so impressed with their professionalism they agreed.”

And so two or three students have been manning the shop each day with one or two supervising adults.

“But it’s the pupils who have done all the organising – the parents just turn up and do as they are told!”

One of the successes was an auction for a Sheffield United signed shirt which raised £150, while daily takings have averaged £500.

Fundraising at the start of the year and various events have already raised more than £10,000.

One aim of the mission is to deliver life-saving supplies including portable smokeless ovens.

Pupil Emma Camplejohn said: “We are all working really hard to raise the money, and have lots of support from friends and family. We’re all doing our best now to think of more original fundraising ideas.

“Our trip is known about all around Westfield School and we are hoping that soon it will be known about all around Sheffield.”

The next big Westfield fundraiser is a gig at Queens Road Social Club on Friday May 2 which will feature the reunion of rock band Tigerzye for the first time in 15 years.

 

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