The pupils of Mayals Primary School’s Enterprise Group in West Cross, Swansea, held a Big Yellow Friday last week (March 16) in support of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF). As well as wearing yellow, holding a coffee morning and cake sale, they even braved the chill to do a sponsored walk. And while pupils are still busy collecting money in, it looks like the total will be an amazing £1,000!
The children were inspired to join in with Big Yellow Friday by one of their classmates, seven year old Lexie Huges who was diagnosed two years ago with autoimmune liver disease.
“CLDF have been there for us with information and support since Lexie was diagnosed,” explains mum Joann. “We thought that joining in with Big Yellow Friday, their national fundraising day, would be a great way of giving something back and we were delighted that her school were so enthusiastic about it.
“As well as regular hospital appointments and blood tests, Lexie’s condition means she gets tired very easily and can only do regular half days at school, although she works very hard to keep up. She was thrilled to see staff and pupils supporting her in this way and insisted on joining in with the sponsored walk even though it took her all weekend to recover.”
“At Mayals Primary School, we believe that our children flourish when given the opportunity to lead and act as role models,” said deputy headteacher, Mr Paynter. “Our ‘Enterprise’ pupil voice group is a great example of this. The children have been absolutely fantastic this year and have been involved in raising money for a variety of causes. When Lexie’s parents approached the Enterprise group about supporting Big Yellow Friday, the children’s enthusiasm went up a level. It really brought hit closer to home as it was one of their friends. The children came up with a lot of ideas and at the end of the meeting we had a clear action plan in place. The Enterprise group gave up play and lunch times to ring local businesses for sponsorship and even visited local businesses in the community. They organised the coffee morning, cake stall and sponsored walk. I am very proud of the children’s enthusiasm, efforts and how mature and sensible they have been throughout. When children are given opportunities, it is incredible what they can achieve.”
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation added: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so it’s wonderful to see how Lexie has inspired her school to join in with Big Yellow Friday. The funds raised will enable us to continue to make a real difference to children like Lexie throughout the UK.”
You can still support Lexie’s fundraising by going to www.gofundme.com/lexiehughes.