A 13 year old girl has single-handedly organised a sporting event to enable her and a team of five other students at Nottingham Girls High School to climb Mount Snowdon for charity.
Bella Bailey, 13, and Erin Kingsley will be hoping to reach the peak on April 30th, along with their four friends Paris Gill 13, Arianne Dunn 14, Lilly Meakin 13, and Katie Mellors 14,in support of Nottingham-based charity, The Harley Jae Trust, which raises money to support Nottingham's Paediatric Critical Care Unit.
So far, Bella and friend Erin Kingsley 13, supported by their teacher, Mrs Wharton-Howett, have held raffles, cake sales, and have even organised a student versus staff netball match on January 27th, in a bid to fund both the trip costs, and campsite for their up and coming sponsored Snowdon climb.
The charity netball match will take place at Nottingham Girls High School on Wednesday between 4pm-5pm, with a charity raffle and refreshments being laid on.
Bella’s mother Toni Bailey, 55, said “Bella decided that she wanted to do more for The Harley Jae Trust after visiting the children’s ward over Christmas to deliver sensory toys to the children and babies who would be spending Christmas in hospital. I am very proud of how proactive she has been in organising the events in order to raise the money required to climb Snowdon.”
“The school has been really supportive and so many staff, students and parents have got involved. It has been such a positive fund raising experience for Bella.”
The team of five girls have even managed to get a mini bus donated by Sarj Rana, one of the parents, and clothing donated for the trek from Netherfield based retailer, Rossi Clothing Co Ltd, much to their surprise.
Bella Bailey, 13, said: “After talking to my friend Erin about my experience on Christmas Eve at the hospital, we both decided to get involved and started brainstorming ideas on how we can do our bit to help - We are now doing all we can.”
“Each person taking part in the climb has an individual goal of £350, and so far I’ve raised just under £300 towards my personal goal, so we are all on target to get the funds needed for the climb.
“I decided to get involved with The Harley Jae Trust, because of my big brother Arran Bailey, who sits on the board of the charity. He has done absolutely loads for the charity and is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.”
“After visiting the hospital on Christmas Eve to deliver sensory toys to the children and babies, I decided that it was my turn to help raise money.”
The netball match is the latest charity fund raising event in support of the Harley Jae Trust. The charity recently presented a cheque of £9,200 to Nottingham's Paediatric Critical Care Unit to help fund specialist equipment and new comfortable sofas for the ward.
For more information, please visit The Harley Jae Trust website at www.harleyjaetrust.org.