Young entrepreneurs raise cash to help blind centre

Pupils from Houghton Kepier School have been raising funds to help Houghton Blind centre in Thornhill Street. The youngsters are seen here with staff and service users at the centre.

Pupils from Houghton Kepier School have been raising funds to help Houghton Blind centre in Thornhill Street. The youngsters are seen here with staff and service users at the centre.

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BUDDING entrepreneurs at a Wearside school used their initiative to raise cash for a community club.

Children at Houghton Kepier School held various events in aid of Houghton Blind Centre.

The pupils, who are now in Year Nine, sold cakes and biscuits during out-of-school events to build up the fund, which reached more than £600.

Houghton Blind Centre secretary George Davison, who is registered blind, pitched to the pupils about why they should raise money for the centre.

Members meet each week at their headquarters in Thornhill Street, near Rectory Park in the town, and take part in activities together.

“I had to give a presentation on why they should choose us as their charity,” said Mr Davison, 60, of Hetton.

“Then I got a phone call to say they were going to give money to us, which we were all obviously really pleased about.”

Graham Taylor, alternative education co-ordinator at the Dairy Lane school, said: “It’s fantastic that the pupils have raised so much money.

“It’s been a real boost for the children.

“The fund has built up over time and to get £627.48 to pass on is great.”

As well as doing their bit for a worthy cause, the children have also been able to achieve a Level One NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education) qualification through their hard work.

“They’ve done brilliantly,” added Mr Taylor.

The cash is now set to go towards helping fund trips out for members of the Blind Centre.

Mr Davison’s wife Elaine, 63, who is treasurer of the group, also appealed to people in the area with sight problems to get involved with Houghton Blind Centre.

She said: “We are always looking for new members. The centre must have had around 100 members at one time but that is not the case now.

“The Blind Centre is for people of all ages.”

Those interested in finding out more about Houghton Blind Centre should call Elaine on 526 7741.

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