Mini footballers raise thousands for charity
Generosity was the winner of this year’s annual Wibsey Primary School penalty shoot-out after children raised over £6,500 for two local causes.
640 pupils from the main school took part in the football competition to raise the record sum, which was split evenly between the Bradford City Community Foundation and the Bradford Burns Unit.
In previous years, the school has donated half of the proceeds to Bradford City whilst retaining the other half for school funds.
This year, the full £6,727.42 has been donated to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster.
Headteacher, Nigel Cooper, said it was a fantastic effort from all involved for a local cause.
“The children had a great time trying to score penalties against Billy Bantam,” he said. “The result was that we raised the most money the school has ever raised for charity.
“Although it was a fun event, we explained to pupils what the Bradford Burns Unit does and why it was needed after the Bradford City Fire Disaster 30 years ago.
“I want to thank the pupils, their families, staff, the local community, Bradford City and all who contributed so generously to make this record sum possible.”
Pupils took part in the charity event last month, on 10th June, when they came up against the formidable goalkeeper Billy Bantam – perhaps better known as the Bradford City mascot.
Many young stars donned their amber and gold kits for the event before the donations were counted up and a cheque presentation was finally held last week.
Ian Ormondroyd, from Bradford City, and Jing Tay, the David Sharpe Fellow at the Burns Unit, received their cheques on Thursday 16th July and congratulated all the pupils on their fundraising efforts.
Three pupils were also presented with signed footballs from Bradford City for raising the most funds individually, with Ayaan Madassar (£178), Maci Partridge (£124) and Kaiden Davey (£115) picking up the prizes.