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Albury and Puller Memorial primary school pupils set £1,000 target for Bishop's Stortford Food Bank



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Nine primary school pupils are showing off their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for Bishop's Stortford Food Bank.

The children from Albury Church of England Primary School and its sister school, Puller Memorial CofE in High Cross, near Ware, are taking part in the Junior Dragon Challenge organised by Community and Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts.

The pupils – Isabella, Belle, Imogen and Ethan from Albury and Milly, Eleanor, Ralphie, Frankie and Beau at Puller – were given £50 seed money by a secret investor and have just seven weeks to make it grow.

Junior dragons, from left, Isabella, Imogen, Belle and Ethan with headteacher Sarah Stevens and food bank trustees Jim Tatchell and Jane Towns. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526367)
Junior dragons, from left, Isabella, Imogen, Belle and Ethan with headteacher Sarah Stevens and food bank trustees Jim Tatchell and Jane Towns. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526367)

Head Sarah Stevens said: "The children have arranged a series of activities and at just past the halfway mark in their quest have already raised £600 profit for their charity and paid back their seed money.

"The children have run afternoon teas at both schools, involving the local community, sold stock at the frost fair and are due to run film nights, craft events and after-school Christmas markets. Their cut-off date is December 11 and their aim is £1,000."

As well as raising money for the food bank, pupils at both schools have been working hard to raise the cause's profile.

Isabella, Ethan, Imogen and Bella. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526407)
Isabella, Ethan, Imogen and Bella. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526407)

They have been collecting groceries as part of a "reverse advent calendar" initiative and have ramped up interest with inter-class and cross-school competitions.

The youngsters have been so successful that representatives of the food bank, based at the Methodist church in South Street, visited on Monday (Dec 6) to pick up the gifts.

Isabella and Imogen carry out boxes of donations. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526409)
Isabella and Imogen carry out boxes of donations. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526409)
Imogen, Isabella, Ethan and Belle loading up the car. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526410)
Imogen, Isabella, Ethan and Belle loading up the car. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526410)
Loading up the car, from left, Imogen, Belle and Ethan. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526411)
Loading up the car, from left, Imogen, Belle and Ethan. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526411)
Imogen and Isabella load the car with help from headteacher Sarah Stevens and food bank trustee Jane Towns. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526412)
Imogen and Isabella load the car with help from headteacher Sarah Stevens and food bank trustee Jane Towns. Picture: Vikki Lince (53526412)
Albury Primary School. Donations to BS Foodbank. School Dragons l-r: Bella 10, Isabella 9, Imogen 9 and Ethan 10 with a fully loaded car. (NB There are 5 more Dragons based at their partner school - Puller Memorial in High Cross). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53526413)
Albury Primary School. Donations to BS Foodbank. School Dragons l-r: Bella 10, Isabella 9, Imogen 9 and Ethan 10 with a fully loaded car. (NB There are 5 more Dragons based at their partner school - Puller Memorial in High Cross). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53526413)


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