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Brandles boys create Christmas gifts to raise money for Lister Hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:36 24 December 2018

Boys at the Brandles School have raised more than £300 for the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity. Picture: ELSA

Boys at the Brandles School have raised more than £300 for the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity. Picture: ELSA

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A group of Baldock students have spent the run up to Christmas organising and executing two fundraisers for the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity.

Boys at Brandles School raised more than £300, which will go towards sensory mats to be installed in the children’s ward at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital as well as the emergency department.

Realising that Christmas was just around the corner, the boys ran meetings to discuss their project and decided to plan their two Lister Hospital fundraisers.

They made festive items to sell and were tasked with event planning, letter writing, product design and creation, pricing and auditing the stock and cash handling.

They also created tree decorations and gift tags, table settings, etched glassware and wooden plaques were all part of a production line each week, quality controlled, priced and packed ready to sell.

After a month of sheer hard work, the stall was ready to set up.

Greeting and convincing customers to part with their cash appeared easy, according to ELSA founder Jane Shipley.

She said: “The students excelled at customer service and in just a total of four hours, over £300 was raised.

“More is still to be raised, as the students approached the school head and Christmas dinner day will now incorporate a stall for the parents to browse and buy.”

The boys – who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award – work weekly with Education, Learning, Skills & Achievement, a local community interest company.

Jane and Zoe from ELSA said they were amazed by the students’ dedication, enthusiasm and determination to succeed.

“Each week involved teamwork, laughter and incredible commitment,” said Jane.

“A huge achievement by all. Well done boys!”

Claire from the fundraising team at Lister added: “What a large amount of money, I think the boys are destined for careers in sales. Thank you so much, you have made a real difference.”

Last year, Brandles students arranged a cycle challenge at the hospital and sold cakes in the Lister foyer to raise money for the neonatal ward.

They also played a key part in transforming an overgrown green space to a community garden in Hitchin in the summer.

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