Children dream up their own charity event for Naomi House

Dream Catchers' assistant manager 'Caroline Brennan with her daughter, Mia 14, raising money throughout the day   (171466-1)
Dream Catchers' assistant manager 'Caroline Brennan with her daughter, Mia 14, raising money throughout the day (171466-1)
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Thanks to a brainwave from youngsters at Dream Catchers after-school club, more than £700 was raised in two hours for the children’s hospice, near Winchester.

Dream Catchers held a fun day at the Scout Hut, in Farlington, which was an enormous success.

Staff and children from Dream Catchers selling cupcakes and cookies (171466-3)

Staff and children from Dream Catchers selling cupcakes and cookies (171466-3)

Caroline Brennan, the assistant manager, said: ‘During September, all the children worked hard writing letters to local figures and businesses to request prize donations.

‘They created posters and leaflets to advertise the event and even built their own fair games from scratch – Nosy Norman’s Snot Lucky Dip was a brilliant idea.

‘Local businesses and some very kind members of the public donated an array of fantastic prizes, including a photo shoot from His and Her Story Photography, hair vouchers from The Hair Lounge, beauty treatments from Tantastic Tanning, Horizon soft play sessions and pitch hire at Goals. Manic Bounce generously provided the children with a bouncy castle for the afternoon.

‘We were especially touched by a local lady named Sonja Forsyth who saw our request for donations on an online community group page. Sonja donated two huge teddies for the raffle and name the ted game.

Jacob Alison, five, and Finley Warner, 10, snuggle up with enormous cuddly dogs which were donated as part of a fundraising competition   (171466-7)

Jacob Alison, five, and Finley Warner, 10, snuggle up with enormous cuddly dogs which were donated as part of a fundraising competition (171466-7)

‘The children were absolutely thrilled when she visited them to give them the prizes.

‘The event was instigated and run by children, for children. That is simply outstanding.’

Portsmouth Football Club provided the Dream Catchers children with a signed Pompey shirt for a secret auction – which raised more than £200.

All pictures by Habibur Rahman. To buy copies call photosales on 0330 123 0203 quoting the reference number.

Sophie Munro, six, has her face painted by manager, Leah Cardey  (171466-8)

Sophie Munro, six, has her face painted by manager, Leah Cardey (171466-8)

Georgia Corfe, six, and Jake Dawkins, four, on the bouncy castle         (171466-9)

Georgia Corfe, six, and Jake Dawkins, four, on the bouncy castle (171466-9)