Josie gives food for thought

A YOUNG entrepreneur inspired by a school trip set up her own tuck shop and raised enough money to buy an African village a water filter.Josie Young, 11, from Henley Primary School in Ashbocking Road, Henley attended a re-constructed African mud hut village at Sizewell Hall, for a residential activity week along with her fellow year six pupils.

A YOUNG entrepreneur inspired by a school trip set up her own tuck shop and raised enough money to buy an African village a water filter.

Josie Young, 11, from Henley Primary School in Ashbocking Road, Henley attended a re-constructed African mud hut village at Sizewell Hall, for a residential activity week along with her fellow year six pupils.

The students learned about the problems in the African villages, such as dirty water and having no water supply, and Josie was compelled to make a difference.

After weeks of research, she set up her own healthy eating tuck shop with any profits going to the Christian Youth Ministry to help pay for a water filter.

Her class teacher, Rosemary Kneebone, said: “She's done it right from scratch. She's conducted a survey to find out what the children wanted in terms of healthy snacks, then she went to various places to find out where to get the best value products.

“It's been quite a big undertaking really and we're very proud of her.

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“As her teacher, I've had minimal input, she's done it all on her own.”

Josie now plans to train up some other students to run the tuck shop before she leaves for secondary school.

Josie said although the project has been hard work, she has enjoyed the challenge, and hopes the shop will continue long after she's left.

She said: “I'm pleased that I raised the money for the filter because it's not really fair on other countries that they don't have clean water because they are poor.”

Have you been inspired to raise money for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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