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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Ulverston football card swap day scores a fundraising goal for hospice

A BUZZ of excitement filled the air in Ulverston as young football card and sticker fans congregated to share their swaps – and raise money for charity.

Sir John Barrow School was the venue for the event, which was organised by three young pals in support of the Evening Mail’s Reaching Out campaign.

And while England by that stage had crashed out of the World Cup, enthusiasm for trading cards based on the great footballing spectacle was undiminished.

Sam Higgins, eight, was one of the youngsters behind the event.

He said: “It was really good to see lots of people who collected cards and wanted to swap. We were doing it for a really worthwhile cause and it felt good to raise lots of money.

“All my family helped. Even my grandma and granddad came up from Manchester to help out.”

The event saw everyone who paid on the door given a goodie bag. There were football-based games in which cards could be won, and a football card stall and tombola.

Sam’s friends Isaac Mawson and Jonathan Pike helped out on the day too.

Jonathan, eight, said “It was good. I enjoyed the morning. I managed to get a lot of swaps and I am now only 40 cards away from completing my collection.”

Sir John Barrow School headteacher, Helen Pemberton arranged for the hall to be used as a venue for the event.

She said: “As a school we try to involve ourselves as much as possible with the local community and this was a great way of supporting an event being organised by three of our pupils which was for a really good cause. I think Sam, Jonathan and Isaac did a really good job.”

More than £140 was raised, with extra money from a cake sale still to be added. The Evening Mail’s Reaching Out campaign aims to raise £70,000 so St Mary’s Hospice can replace its ageing car fleet.

If you are organising an event, or would like an event organising pack, contact Joel Jackson via joel.jackson@nwemail.co.uk or call 01229 580045.

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