Grans brew up to raise kits cash

16th Feb 2011' A coffee morning group, who have raised around �15,000 for North Featherstone J&I School over the years, has given cash for new football kits.' 'LOCATION: North Featherstone J&I School, Gordon Street, Featherstone' Pictured: Coffee Group Leader Margaret Jefferys and Bradley Evans.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
16th Feb 2011' A coffee morning group, who have raised around �15,000 for North Featherstone J&I School over the years, has given cash for new football kits.' 'LOCATION: North Featherstone J&I School, Gordon Street, Featherstone' Pictured: Coffee Group Leader Margaret Jefferys and Bradley Evans.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

A COFFEE-CRAZY group – which has raised more than £15,000 for a Featherstone school in 30 years – has brewed up to buy new football kits.

The “coffee morning ladies” at North Featherstone J&I School caused a fundraising stir by collecting £700 for sports-mad pupils through their weekly meetings.

Colin Jackson, headteacher, said: “The coffee morning ladies have done an amazing job raising money for the school over a number of years and we are extremely grateful for their latest donation.

“The children played their first cup game in the new kits at the weekend and were really pleased with them. We can’t thank the group enough.”

The group of parents and grandparents donates cash it raises through games of bingo at its weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings.

Coffee group leader Margaret Jefferys has been involved with the club for more than 30 years.

Mr Jackson said: “When I started at the school as headteacher Margaret asked me whether I wanted them to continue and said of course I did.

“They meet every Wednesday between 9am and noon in a spare classroom at the school where they have a good natter, play games of bingo and drink teas and coffees.

“The group has helped the school buy new equipment – every half-term they help us buy something substantial and I reckon they’ve raised around £15,000 over the years.

“Earlier this year they bought us some digital cameras.

“We really value and appreciate their support – especially in these times where everyone is looking to save money.

“The school’s old football kits were a bit ramshackle, with pupils in odd socks and odd shorts, but they did the job.

“We probably couldn’t justify spending £700 on new kits when we could manage in the ones we had, but the money raised by the coffee morning ladies allows us to buy these things.

“We’d like to thank them for their continued support.”