A WETHERBY schoolgirl has sprinkled stardust on a fundraising effort for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Jodell Hill, 17, won a competition to interview her favourite band McFly - but selflessly put the prize on auction website ebay, raising more than £11,000.
Jodell, who currently lives in Switzerland but whose family live in Wetherby, was given permission by pop band McFly to auction the prize she won in the Pioneer Presenter competition last week.
Teachers and staff from Jodell’s school - the Inter-Community School in Zurich - not only donated £11,000 but came up with a surprise for Jodell.
They were so impressed by her generous decision that they then decided to buy the tickets back for her .
Jodell then interviewed the band at the Manchester Evening News Arena last Saturday on March 19.
Jodell’s mum, Sandra Hill, who is also a teacher at the same school, said: “When the school bought the ticket back for Jodell she burst into tears and seeing Mcfly was the best day of her life.
“The money raised is going to a great cause. As international teachers at the school a lot of us have visited Japan and it is great that we can help immediately at this time for something which is so devastating. I would like to say a big thankyou to those at the school who donated their money for the cause.”
Jodell, who has been to see Mcfly 11 times in concert before meeting her idols before, said: “Words cannot describe how thankful I am to have received such a generous donation towards the Japanese tsunami relief efforts.
“I had hoped it would reach four figures, but never did I think it would reach five. I’m really grateful to the people who voted for me and then dug into their pockets to supports the cause.”
The money raised for the bid will go directly to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, a project which has been set up to provide relief and emergency services for the victims of the earthquake on March 11.