Creative Norfolk students raise funds for cancer charity

Creative school pupils have been using their artistic talents to raise money for charity.

West Earlham Junior, Hellesdon High, and Horsford Junior schools all set up stalls in The Mall Norwich yesterday where pupils sold their colourful and creative hand-made products that ranged from inventive ornaments to decorative bookmarks and beautiful gift bags.

The schools were taking part in the shopping centre's Share Your Talent event that aims to raise funds for the cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Their hand-made items were very much in demand yesterday with all three schools saying their products were selling well.

On the Hellesdon High stall there was everything from elephants made out of plastic milk bottles to Halloween cards and cupcakes.

Hellesdon High student Rebecca Newby, 13, who was selling baths bombs, said: 'It was nice to represent my school and raise money for a really good cause. I am lucky enough to be healthy so I think it is important to help others.'

Krystal Page, nine, was one of the students from West Earlham Junior School who made bookmarks for the sale.

She said: 'I felt really happy because something that I made was sold for a good cause.'

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Sophie Long, 10, from Horsford Junior School, was among the students that had created gift bags.

She said: 'We put a lot of effort into making them and we are really proud that people wanted to buy them.'

Victoria Haverson, The Mall's marketing manger, said: 'I was so impressed with all the hard work and effort the children put in. Their products were great and it was great seeing them speaking to customers and raising awareness of CLIC Sargent.

The Mall Norwich's Share Your Talent event runs until Sunday. All activities take place near Boots between 10am and 2pm. Today live cookery demonstrations were taking place, while tomorrow there is a craft fair, and on Sunday there is a games day.

Are you doing something creative for charity? Call reporter Emma Knights or email