04 Jun Badge designs a-peel
CREATIVE Northumberland schoolchildren are making their own badges in support of a charity’s fundraising drive.
Corbridge Middle School got into the spirit of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas Campaign early with a ‘design a badge’ competition, raising awareness of the charity’s work across the North East.
Sunshine Fund director Caroll Pattison joined the judging panel, and also spoke about the organisation’s efforts to provide specialist equipment to disabled children during a special assembly.
Youngsters Neve Lister, Shay Quinn, Cerys Byerley and Megan Beange were chosen as the competition’s winners, collecting a certificate, Sunshine Fund monkey and voucher for Go Bananas sponsor intu, which runs Eldon Square and the Metrocentre.
The four official Go Bananas badges are now being sold to the public, while pupils are already coming up with further ideas to raise money during June as the Sunshine Fund aims to raise £50,000.
Caroll, who showed pupils a DVD of the children and families the charity supports, said: “It was lovely to see all the badge designs the children drew.
“We had a real challenge picking the winners as there were lots of good and different designs. We were, however, delighted with the results of the four chosen badges and hope they sell really well and make lots of money for our Go Bananas appeal.
“Thank you to Corbridge Middle School for letting the children take part in the competition and to all the children for their hard work. I look forward to hearing about their fundraising ideas.”
Teacher Gaynor Walker said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed being involved in designing a badge for the Sunshine Fund. They all rose to the occasion.
“The assembly also brought more awareness of the Sunshine Fund