Chocolate girls win praise

wet  Pictured from left are Action for Children Area Fundraiser Vicky Thaxter, Louisa Barlow, Rowan Paine and Action for Children Circuit Co-ordinator Gorden Hurren.  (120727M4)
wet Pictured from left are Action for Children Area Fundraiser Vicky Thaxter, Louisa Barlow, Rowan Paine and Action for Children Circuit Co-ordinator Gorden Hurren. (120727M4)

Wetherby schoolgirls Louisa Barlow and Rowan Paine, pictured, handed over £1417 to Action for Children’s area fundraiser Vicky Thaxter and Circuit Co-ordinator Gorden Hurren gained from sponsorship from giving up chocolate for a year. (120727M4).

Two young girls from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, gave up chocolate for an entire year to raise vital funds for Action for Children.

Louisa Barlow and Rowan Paine, both aged 12, raised £1,417 for the leading charity. They were thanked at a presentation event held at Wetherby Methodist Church today [Friday, 27 July 2012].

Louisa said: “Giving up chocolate was much more difficult than I thought. Sometimes I had to check the packets of food to make it didn’t contain chocolate – and when I was on holiday in France last year I had to be very careful with the different patisserie!

“Rowan and I both knew about the work of Action for Children because of our local church. A lot of the children it supports don’t have as much as we do and it is nice to give something back. I can’t quite believe we have raised over £1,000 – I am really proud of our achievement.”

The girls, who attend Wetherby High School, were inspired by the film Bucket List, in which two terminally ill men write a wish list of the things they want to do before they die.

Rowan explains: “We made a list of things we wanted to do with our lives, such as climbing Mount Everest. But we were too young to do that, so we decided to give up chocolate instead! After we had completed the challenge the first treat I had was a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and my mum took me to a chocolate cafe to celebrate.”

Action for Children thanked the girls for their fundraising efforts by awarding them with certificates and Action for Children badges.

Vicky Thaxter, fundraiser at Action for Children, said: “I would like to say a huge, heartfelt ‘well done’ to Louisa and Rowan. I am extremely impressed that they have managed to give up chocolate for an entire year – I don’t know if I could do it myself!

“Throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region we currently run 26 services, including family support, fostering, support for care leavers, young carers services and much more. We are very grateful for the backing of the local community, which helps us to continue to support the area’s most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and families.”

Both girls attend Wetherby Wetherby Methodist Church, where Louisa’s dad, Steve Barlow, is minister. Mum, Katherine Barlow, added: “I am very proud of both girls. Louisa is an absolute chocoholic so I’m amazed by her success! She even kept all her Easter eggs and was very pleased when she was finally able to eat them.”