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Girls, 8, hold Christmas fair in Thurlby for Cancer Research UK

Thurlby Primary School pupils, left front, Sophia Bull, 8 and Lara Austin, 8, who organised a Christmas bazaar in aid of Cancer Research UK with help from friends, back, Molly Bull, 11,  Lydia Ellis, 10, Adam Austin, 10, Amelia Ellis, 9, Charlie Wells, 7, Rowan Ellis, 7.

Thurlby Primary School pupils, left front, Sophia Bull, 8 and Lara Austin, 8, who organised a Christmas bazaar in aid of Cancer Research UK with help from friends, back, Molly Bull, 11, Lydia Ellis, 10, Adam Austin, 10, Amelia Ellis, 9, Charlie Wells, 7, Rowan Ellis, 7.

 

Two youngsters who took it upon themselves to organise a charity Christmas fair were overwhelmed by the show of support from friends.

Thurlby Primary School pupils Sophia Bull and Lara Austin, both eight, organised the Christmas bazaar which took place yesterday (Sunday).

The event at Thurlby Pre-School was held in aid of Cancer Research UK and the young friends did everything, from designing posters and setting up the event to mopping up afterwards and counting the funds.

Sophia’s mum Catherine and Lara’s mum Sarah said the girls were delighted to see the fair was so busy.

Catherine said: “It was really busy. There were lots of family friends and lots of the girls friends from school so it was quite a social event, which was nice.

“At one point we stopped the girls and said ‘look at how busy it is, that’s down to you’. They were really pleased.”

Sophia manned a game called find the blue ball, while Lara took charge of the tombola. Other events for visitors to enjoy included crafts, a colouring table, yuletime games, Christmas music and seasonal snacks.

Lara’s brother Adam, 10, Sophia’s sister Molly, 11, and friends Rowan, Amelia and Lydia Ellis, Hannah Knight, Charlie Wise and Ellen Bishell were also roped into help on the day.

The day finished for the tired youngsters with a sleepover at Lara’s house, where they counted the proceeds of the day.

The total was £320, which included the proceeds of a collection by the girls’ piano teacher Kate.

Catherine said: “The girls hoped to raise more than £5 and although, they don’t really understand the concept of money, they know it’s a lot.

“Sarah and I were more worried than they were, so we were both relieved it went well and they’ve already said they want to do it again next year!”

 

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