Charity challenge Hellesdon schoolchildren are after your money

PUBLISHED: 10:12 08 October 2012

Pupils in the Aquila Club at Kinsale Junior School busy organising they're latest big project, a charity ball and auction in aid of Nelson's Journey and Children in Need. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Pupils in the Aquila Club at Kinsale Junior School busy organising they're latest big project, a charity ball and auction in aid of Nelson's Journey and Children in Need. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

A group of fundraising school children in Hellesdon have set themselves their greatest challenge yet – organising a top-class charity ball for two worthy causes.

Youngsters in the Aquila Club at Kinsale Junior School are no strangers to impressive projects.

They have previously raised £4,500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance from sales of their Let’s Cook! Norfolk Children’s Healthy Cookbook, as well as creating their own educational board game and a tourist information leaflet about Norwich aimed at young people.

Now they are planning a charity ball and auction, with Auction House East Anglia, in aid of Norfolk bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey and Children in Need.

It is set to take place at Dunston Hall on Saturday, November 10.

The children are doing everything themselves, from organising a florist for the evening to finding sponsors for the wine which will be on each of the tables.

Carolyn Baxter, headteacher, said: “One of the first things they did was book the band Scratch the Cat.

“One of the seven-year-olds phoned up. I said ‘have you used the telephone before?’ and she replied ‘only to my gran’.”

The children have already met with the florist to discuss arrangements and have chosen a colour scheme of red – to match the Nelson’s Journey cat – and yellow – in keeping with Pudsey’s fur.

The Aquila Club is made up of six pupils aged seven to 11.

They meet in the mornings once a week at 8am and have been using their free time during both school terms and holidays to work on the event.

They will be able to greet guests as they arrive for the charity ball – before having to head home and leaving the adults to enjoy their night.

Mrs Baxter said: “This small group of children are working so hard in their own time to support other children by organising this charity ball. Their commitment to this task is impressive; they even came into school during the summer holiday to work on the ball.

“It’s their biggest challenge to date. There is much to be done but I am confident that they can pull it off.”

Sponsors so far include Norfolk County Council-owned company Norse, for the band and table plan, Peter Taylor Funeral Services, Norfolk Truffle Company and building contractor Province.

Barclays have agreed to match any money raised up to £750 and Auction House is covering the cost of the printing.

Auction and raffle prizes include tea for two at the Houses of Parliament from Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, a tour and tea at parliament from Norwich South MP Simon Wright, dinner and a glass of champagne for two at Morston Hall, an Asda trolley dash worth £300, plus prizes from Eaton Vale activity centre, BBC East, Royal Norfolk Golf Club, and Peter Graham Wines.

The children are still looking for more sponsors for the evening – particularly for the flowers and magician – and would welcome more donations of raffle and auction items.

Tickets for the charity ball cost £55 or £500 for a table of 10. They are available from Auction House by calling 01603 505100.

To find out more, or to lend your support, contact the school on 01603 425662 or email

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