Four sixth form girls who raised more than £1,000 for a hospice have been nominated for an award.
The students from Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade – Natalie Stevenson, Evie Mundy, Lucy Dennis and Charly Devine – are now in the running for an accolade in the Young People of the Year (YOPEY) competition.
The YOPEY awards – now in their seventh year in Beds – recognise and reward positive role models who put themselves out to help others.
The A-level students gave up 400 hours of their time and raised £1,051 for St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger during a family fun day held in September.
They had originally hoped to bring in £750 at the event held in playing fields near Biggleswade.
They have been nominated for a YOPEY award by Sarah Bigg, youth volunteering co-ordinator at Central Beds Council. The girls met on a weekly basis to plan the day.
They sourced raffle prizes and sold tickets, and the event included a raffle, cake stall, lucky dip, art competition, bouncy castle and a fire engine.
Sarah said: “They organised everything from the initial idea to who was doing what on the day. The girls even sold left-over cakes at school the next day which boosted the total sum raised.”
Natalie, 17, of Upper Caldecote, said: “This was the first time that any of our group had organised a fundraising event for charity. It was an amazing experience to see how all the work we had done turned out on the day.”
For more information about YOPEY or to nominate someone for an award see www.yopey.org