August 2011 - Spirit of Youth

Caring Chloe Andrews and Alisha Uddin
Caring Chloe Andrews and Alisha Uddin
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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The final week of the school year, when prize-givings and sports days are underway, is not the best time to arrange a last-minute fundraiser.

But nothing could get in the way of two 11-year-olds from Cottage Grove Primary, in Southsea, who were determined to help starving families in the Horn of Africa.

Head girl Chloe Andrews and Alisha Uddin, deputy head girl, were so shocked and moved by the news of the massive drought and famine they set about organising a cake stall and non-uniform day and raised more than £250.

Chloe said: ‘We realised the timing was pretty last-minute, but we felt we had to do something.

‘In assembly our headteacher told us about the terrible situation in Africa and showed us pictures that had been in the news.’