Pupils get a kick out of penalty fundraiser

Children at Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School have raised £1,655 to support the work of One In A Million.

More than 400 children aged from four to 11 took part in a sponsored penalty shoot-out against Bradford City mascot Billy Bantam, with each child taking up to three shots depending on how much they raised.

The donation will help OIAM’s work in the local community, including the area of Keighley where the school is based.

Headteacher Linda Wright said: “The children had lots of fun and we clearly have some budding footballers in school (both boys and girls). We are very proud of what the children have achieved, raising our highest amount so far to support a fantastic local charity like One In A Million”.

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OIAM’s Keighley community activator Mark Trueman organised the penalty shoot-out on February 26th. He said: “We were very impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm shown by each student. The atmosphere created gave us a very special and enjoyable day too.”

The charity’s co-founder Wayne Jacobs presented stickers, pens and water bottles to students who fundraised during an achievers’ assembly. The highest boy and girl fundraisers from each year group received special prizes, which included a Nike football and OIAM medal.

OIAM fundraising director Craig McHugh said: “On behalf of all at OIAM could we say a big thank you to the staff and most importantly the children at Riddlesden St Mary’s for raising such an incredible amount to support our charity.”

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