A group of six creative children from Morpeth First School came up with some enterprising ideas for a good cause.
Chloe Coward, Isabel Davidson, Rose Bishop, Isabella Stewart, Jasmine Adamson and Megan Cooke wanted to help sick children from across the region as Isabella’s mum, Nicola Stewart, is a sister in the children’s outpatients department at the Great North Children’s Hospital, which is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The girls – who are all Year 4 pupils at the school in Goosehill – spoke to headteacher Elaine Reay and she supported them in developing their suggestions to raise money for the department at its annual Summer Fair earlier this month.
The nine-year-olds spent many weeks knitting mobile phone covers, making wind chimes, photographing local nature features and putting together sweetie bags.
Their stall at the fair sold out of all items and the group of friends also held a tombola with the help of parents. They collected a total of £120 on the day.
Senior Sister Kathy Seed, from the children’s outpatients department, said: “We are so grateful to the girls for raising such a fantastic amount of money.
“Every donation we receive helps us to continue to make the Great North Children’s Hospital as welcoming and as different from a traditional hospital as possible.”
Miss Reay said: “These girls are enterprising, enthusiastic and creative young people.
“They have been an inspiration and have demonstrated to all of us just what can be done if you have the conviction and energy to engage the support of others.”