A group of primary school children in Ripon have raised money to help one of their favourite cafes recover from a break-in.
A philanthropic team of five nine-year-old Year 4 pupils at Holy Trinity Junior School set up a range of activities in their school to help the owner of Sun Parlour Cafe repair damage caused after a large stone was thrown through the exterior window overnight on March 25-26.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed that the girls wanted to do this,” said Caroline Bentham, who has owned the cafe in the Spa Gardens for nine years.
“It is humbling that they realised the callous vandalism caused by a minority is unacceptable and words fail me that they were so thoughtful.”
Eve Maylor, Eloise Hopkins, Olivia Leck, Kim Willan and Lydia Blinkhorn-Conroy raised £83.50 to help repair the damage, which included a smashed glass cake cabinet, by setting up a cake stall, lucky dip and painting people’s nails.
Caroline added:” I am delighted the school supported their efforts and it shows community spirit at its best in Ripon. Thank you girls.”
And in addition to raising funds to help out their local cafe, the girls – who have had parties in the cafe before and are frequent visitors – had plenty of fun in the meantime.
Eloise said: “We sold cakes, painted nails and did a lucky dip and raised nearly £80. We were amazed by the support we got at school and from other people to raise the money and we would like to thank everyone for helping us.”
Eve added: “We decided to organise a cake stall to help Caroline repair the cafe because we were upset to hear that people had damaged a window andthe glass cake cabinet and we enjoy going there so much, we wanted tohelp.”
Repair costs at the cafe totalled £137 after the break-in and, with the help of the girls, repair costs have now been covered.
Caroline added she felt there was no point claiming on her insurance because she would have lost her no claims bonus.