Gamesley centre links up with international pre-school
Thursday 13th July 2017 16:53 Gamesley News Posted by Adam Higgins

Children from two continents have been happily running and playing in the name of a charity created in Glossop.

Gamesley Early Excellence Centre youngsters were hop, skip and jumping for the Winnie Mobaso Foundation.

They were doing it to raise cash for a South African pre-school they had just befriended.

While thousands of miles away in the South African bush, pupils were running and racing in support.

The two – poles apart in resources – had been brought together by Helen Thornhill who works for the foundation.

Helen is a colleague of Glossop’s Lisa Ashton, the charity’s chief executive officer, who founded it to support vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa.

For Winnie: Ben Thornhill (centre) with charity founder Lisa Ashton (left) and teacher Caroline Burns (right)

Helen said: “As part of our fundraising and raising awareness of the foundation, we like to twin events with schools in the local area and with our children in South Africa.

“We recently opened the pre-school in the area of Meriting Village, which is an informal settlement. We are working with the early excellence centre to twin with the pre-school.

“Both schools were involved in a ‘Hop, Skip and Jump’ to raise funds. The children from Gamesley got sponsored and went to Stockport Harriers to do lots of activities, involving hoping, skipping and jumping.

“At the same time, the children in South Africa also took part in a similar activity.”

At a ceremony at the centre, a cheque for £320 was presented to Helen for the pre-school.

Around the same time, Helen’s son Ben, 11, was coming to an end of his 30 day stepathon at Dinting Primary School.

He set himself a challenge of walking 10,000 steps a day and getting sponsored and when the school finished for the week on Friday he had more than achieved it.

Proud mum Helen said: “He’s actually achieved 406,312 steps equalling to 243 miles in 30 days. So far he’s raised £420 for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation.”

Enjoyment: Children in the South African village in a fun race


Main picture:

Together: Helen Thornhill (centre) with Gamesley Early Excellence Centre’s Kerry Wood-Doyle and Sharon Higginbottom and some of the children who took part in the fundraising


By David Jones