Calendar has aaah factor

MEET the calendar kids, whose latest fundraising venture certainly has that “aaah” factor.For the youngsters are appearing in their very own 2007 calendar - bringing mums and dads plenty of smiles, and sending grandparents gooey.

MEET the calendar kids, whose latest fundraising venture certainly has that “aahh” factor.

For the youngsters are appearing in their very own 2007 calendar - bringing mums and dads plenty of smiles, and sending grandparents gooey.

Appearing on calendars is all the rage - following the exploits of the WI, various workmen and rugby players - and this one is set to raise vital funds for the St Andrew's Pre-School at Felixstowe.

“Fundraising can be a hard slog every year - a round of table top sales and fairs - and we are a new team and thought we would look at some new ideas,” said pre-school chairman Ruth Coleman.

“We wanted to do something a bit more original and inspire the parents to get involved.

“The idea of a calendar has gone down really well.

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“Lots of parents are buying them because their children are on the photos, but also buying them for grandparents and aunts and uncles because they make fantastic Christmas presents.

“It was also great fun to do.”

Vice chairman Cassandra Butcher took the photos and designed the pages of the calendar.

“We wanted to make sure all the children were featured - some were bit shy at first, while others just loved having their photos taken,” she said.

Each month features a different design and photos to reflect activities at that time of the year.

In addition to the calendar, the 57 children in the group - which meets daily at St Andrew's Church Hall, St Andrew's Road, Felixstowe - have also helped produce a tea towel, with the older ones drawing pictures of their faces and the younger ones doing handprints.

The company All My Own Work helped with the design and production.

Some 75 calendars and 85 tea towels have been produced and it is hoped to sell them all to help fund the pre-school's equipment, computers, outings and other costs.

It has to raise about £2,000 a year towards such costs. A recent lifestyle evening raised £1,133, some of which was donated to charity with the rest for the group.

Calendars are £8 and tea towels £5 and can be purchased by calling in at the pre-school.

What do you think of the calendars? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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