Funds raised for Ecuador trip, Ghana youngsters and fun pupils’ events at St Francis’ College Parents’ Association fair in Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 10:03 27 November 2016

Left to right: Kimberley McGuinness, owner of Sunshine Riding School, Chloe Moss, 9, Yardsman Aaron Ward and Poppy Barso, 9, enjoying a pony ride on Mollie, a 14-year-old New Forest Pony.

Left to right: Kimberley McGuinness, owner of Sunshine Riding School, Chloe Moss, 9, Yardsman Aaron Ward and Poppy Barso, 9, enjoying a pony ride on Mollie, a 14-year-old New Forest Pony.

Melissa Page Photography 2016

The first wisps of Christmas spirit came to Letchworth as a Christmas fair was held at one of the town’s schools.

Left to right: Eira Bagenal, 14, and Hilary Bexfield, 12, with their tombola stall.Left to right: Eira Bagenal, 14, and Hilary Bexfield, 12, with their tombola stall.

The Winter Wonderland Fair, run by the St Francis’ College Parents’ Association, featured Father Christmas’ grotto alongside such varied offerings as pony rides, Mexican street food and a book signing from Letchworth-based kids’ author James Mayhew.

Some of the school’s senior girls had stalls selling handmade gifts and crafts as part of their business skills development to raise money for an end-of-GCSEs trip to Ecuador.

And another pupil made and sold gingerbread to pay to ship donated toys and school uniforms to youngsters in Ghana.

Gemma Porterfield, who chairs the St Francis’ College Parents Association, said the day had raised about £3,000 to fund fun events outside school for the pupils.

“It was a great success,” she said. “The grotto went very well and the pony rides were very popular too. The parents loved that there were lots of free events for the children.

“Loads of parents chipped in to help and we had lots of commercial stall-holders as well. This has been biannual, but we’re meaning to make it an annual event in future.”

To get in touch email info@sfcpa.co.uk, or visit sfcpa.co.uk.

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