An Easter egg raffle, followed by a cake and knitted Easter owl sale has raised nearly £250 towards a total of £1500, for Parkinson’s UK by Year 9 student Sydney.
Sydney had just received her £1200 certificate from Parkinson’s, a charity close to her heart, but she didn't stop there. She approached Northampton Academy to request help with her ongoing fundraising for the charity.
It all began when Sydney started creating knitted owls as a hobby, soon to realise how simple the idea was and that she could try selling them. She went on to knit a creative range of the owls which proved so popular they sold out extremely quickly, meaning she had to start taking orders for them. The owls are sold in the classroom, through her mum’s Facebook page and her dad has helped by selling them through his workplace.
She is always adding her new ideas to the range, creating hanging owls for the festive season, Valentine owls and most recently, Easter owls to include a small chocolate egg.
Sydney's mum Alesha said, "We are really pleased with the raffle and cake/owl sale, everyone put in such a fantastic effort and such a large amount of money was raised. Sydney has had some amazing support from her teachers and friends. We would like to thank Sydney's friends and family members who made so many wonderful cakes. We are always trying to think of new ways to present the owls to make them interesting. I think the Easter egg ones are our most popular followed by the Christmas tree hangers."
Sydney added, "I want to thank my family for all their help fulfilling the orders and especially my dad who helped me sell so many when I first started. Thanks also to my friends, who helped me with the raffle every day and helped me make it such a success."
Following her success with the cake sale, Sydney looks forward to holding a stall at the school's summer fair.
Raffle winners were: Josh, Mason, Abel and Miss Davies - enjoy your chocolate!
This donation will help Parkinson’s UK continue to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by the disease.
Further information on Parkinson's Uk can be found at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/