Rowley Lane youngsters lead Haiti fundraising
Jan 30 2010 by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Sisters lead the way in school’s help for Haiti
THEY’RE the smallest people with the biggest hearts.
And leading the way at one Huddersfield school are two young sisters who show they really care.
Sisters Emily and Martha Hirst are among the young crusaders at Rowley Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School and have pulled out all stops to raise more than £1,000 for the Haiti earthquake victims.
The pair have been designing posters and decorating collecting tins to help the Lepton school’s fundraising drive.
But it’s not the first time eight-year-old Emily, of Fenay Bridge, has offered to lend a hand.
The youngster is a frequent driving force behind the school’s fundraising ideas, taking inspiration from what she watches on television.
Headteacher Carol Martin said: “I think Emily is going to be a charity worker. Whenever she watches something on Blue Peter she gets an idea and she is always thinking about other people.
“I mentioned in assembly the other day that I would have to find a container to collect the money in for our non-uniform day.
“The next day Emily knocked on my door with a old chocolate tin she had cut a hole in and made homemade stickers for. She had also made a poster to put on the school door.”
Mum Helen and dad Chris, of Penistone Road, are very proud of their daughters’ efforts to help others.
Helen said: “Emily just has a big heart. If she had her way we would have adopted half a dozen elephants and polar bears by now!
“She is really sensitive and doesn’t like to see anyone hurt or upset.
“They are always fundraising at school and she really enjoys getting involved.
“She sees things on the telly and is just so interested. I always explain what she sees because it is life. Why hide it from them?
“I explain so it is not scary and she always wants to know what we can do to help.
“Her sister likes to help too. I’m so proud of them both.”
The school raised £950 from a non-uniform day held last week.
Each child paid £1 and generous parents also sent in donations for the cause.
Three pupils raised more than £100 by entertaining guests at their parents’ dinner party. Hattie and Maisie Abell and Eve Boothroyd acted and danced to raise the money.
Koby Rickson and Lauren Powell also raised more than £100 selling sweets on a roadside.
Mrs Martin added: “We always try to encourage the pupils to think about other people. I’m so proud of them all”.