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Young fundraisers from Woodford Green school aiding some of world’s poorest children through charity work

Ailish Farrell (top left) with her friends Johura Ahmed, Maha JIvad, Emilia Beyskal, Nina Button and Inayh Ali have raised over £1,800 for the Wings of Hope charity Ailish Farrell (top left) with her friends Johura Ahmed, Maha JIvad, Emilia Beyskal, Nina Button and Inayh Ali have raised over £1,800 for the Wings of Hope charity

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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The efforts of young fundraisers will help other children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

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Six friends from Woodbridge High School, Woodford Green, raised more than £1,800 through a charity scheme and have come to the end of their challenge.

Team Amethyst, as they are known, staged their last event – a quiz – at the Woodford Methodist Church in Derby Road, South Woodford, on Saturday in support of children’s organisation Wings of Hope.

The charity runs education projects in a number of areas, aiding poor and under-privileged children in India and Malawi and working with secondary and sixth-form students in the UK to develop their skills.

The teenagers’ programme of events included a non-uniform day at their school and a bake sale in South Woodford.

Member Ailish Farrell, 15, of Woodford Bridge, said: “It has been really fun getting out there and showing what we can do. It has been really rewarding.”

The team, which also includes Nina Button Gough, Johura Ahmed, Maha Javad, Inayah Ali and Emilia Blyskal, were inspired by an assembly their school ran on Wings of Hope in October.

They then signed up to take part in the charity’s Achievement Award, which sees pupils raise awareness of its work.

The scheme, which has its deadline at the end of this month, hands out prizes to the most successful students, with the top prize being a trip to an Indian school that the charity supports.

Ailish, also a member of Redbridge’s Youth Council, said: “It would be brilliant to win, but there are some good groups out there.”

Team Amethyst have enjoyed their experience so much that they are now hoping to continue their charity work.

“Obviously we didn’t realise it was going to be this hard and involve so much organisation, but we really love doing charity work,” said Ailish.

“We want to do it again as it has been so much fun.”

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