Tuesday 16th June 2009 by C. Freeman
A group of Year 9 students have raised about £180 so far for the Lakelands Hospice. Steph Cross and her friends from 9B have come up with a number of ways to make cash. So far they have persuaded students in other tutor groups to fill up smartie tubes with pennies, have cleaned cars and recently took part in a 'Sunset Walk' dressed in a Chinese Dragon costume.
Steph and Kirsty Duke took turns to manhandle the giant costume around the track at Rockingham Speedway alongside hundreds of other walkers. They did two laps of the large circuit and once round the small circuit to clock up 3.3 miles. The walk was attended by 300 other fundraisers and more than £1,000 was raised for Lakelands on the night.
Steph said: 'Lakelands got in touch saying they were having a charity walk and there was a Chinese dragon costume we could use! It was awkward rolling round in it because one of us had to help move it round while the other one was inside the head so it was a bit hard but we had fun doing it and by the end of it we ached.' The girls were helped by fellow student Izaac Wallis who helped manoeuvre the costume.
The trio also raised £40 from cleaning cars at Vauxhall Motors and Rock'n'Bowl helped by Charlie-Amie Mapp and Miss Hibberd. They charged £2 per car and were given £5 from one grateful man after they washed his 4x4.
Now the group, which also comprises Andrew Whitcombe, Grace Pike and Rebecca Maddams meet during Period One to come up with more fund-raising ideas. They hope to run a tombola and coconut shy at the Lakelands summer fete which takes place from noon on Sunday 28 June.