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Panda-demic! Windhill21 Primary School pupils sell cakes from home in aid of Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas

Two nine-year-old neighbours and school friends in Bishop's Stortford held a fundraising bake sale on Saturday (Aug 22) to help save the endangered giant panda.

Windhill21 primary pupils James Allen and Isabelle James held the sale in the front garden of one of their Nursery Road homes, where they sold cupcakes and slices of cake.

They raised £252, which is being donated to Edinburgh Zoo to help its work with the giant panda captive breeding programme.

Organisers Isabelle James and James Allen, both 9, and helper Michael James, 7
Organisers Isabelle James and James Allen, both 9, and helper Michael James, 7

Over 70 people stopped by. Isabelle and James were "really pleased" with the turnout and said: "We're happy that we're able to help, even in a small way, such a good cause."

David Field, chief executive officer of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: "As a charity with no government funding, we rely on support from animal lovers like James and Isabelle, and so do the endangered species we care for.

"We're so grateful for their fantastic fundraising efforts, raising over £250 to help feed and care for Yang Guang and Tian Tian, our giant pandas.

Customers buying cakes (41139632)
Customers buying cakes (41139632)

"Being closed for four months cut off 90% of the funds needed by our dedicated keepers and vets to care for thousands of animals. Although we're now open, our visitor numbers are greatly reduced and the zoo is still at risk.

"It's thanks to the support of people like James and Isabelle, and everyone donating, that we're able to continue to care for animals here and around the world."

Those wishing to donate to Edinburgh Zoo can do so via www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/support .

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