What a sweet idea for charity

Sweet success ... Children help raise money for charity. Pictured left to right, back row: Yianni Parsons, 12, James Wise, 10, George Messenger, 10, and Eve Bennet, 11. Front row: William Wise, five, Ella Bennet, six, and Louis Fenwick, six.
Sweet success ... Children help raise money for charity. Pictured left to right, back row: Yianni Parsons, 12, James Wise, 10, George Messenger, 10, and Eve Bennet, 11. Front row: William Wise, five, Ella Bennet, six, and Louis Fenwick, six.
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A GROUP of children in Boxford kept themselves busy during the school summer holidays last week by running a sweet stall in aid of charity.

Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School students Eve Bennett and James Wise decided to set up a stall selling sweets with the money raised being donated to the famine appeal in East Africa.

The duo researched their neighbours’ likes and dislikes, and came up with a range of sweets for sale, including villagers’ favourites, tots sweets, an old-fashioned sweet selection and pick and mix.

They sent out leaflets to advertise the sale, put up posters around the village, and set up their stall outside one of their homes in Brook Hall Road on Thursday - where friends turned out to help them sell their wares.

“It went really well – better than we expected, and we had lots of people come on the day,” said 10-year-old James.

“We also got donations from neighbours who couldn’t come along but sent a note saying they thought it was a good idea and gave us money towards the charity. We were very pleased with what we raised – all together it came to £50.”

The pair distributed a thank you note to neighbours detailing the fundraising total.

Brendan Gormley, chief executive of DEC – the disasters emergency committee which works on behalf of charities and aid agencies such as British Red Cross, Save the Children and Plan UK – sent the children a personal letter of thanks.

He said: “Your donation will help provide vital aid to children and families caught up in this terrible ongoing emergency – the worst drought East Africa has experienced for 60 years.”