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Festive fundraiser at Ambler School

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03 January, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Olive Ray Butler, above, won first prize in the children’s ‘bake off ’ at the fair

A school in Blackstock Road held a record-breaking fundraiser Winter Fair, drumming up more than £3,500 for the school.

The fair at Ambler Primary featured a sparkling Santa’s

Grotto and a stall selling bio- glittery reindeer food. The money raised will be put towards school- wide trips, IT equipment and the Music in the Morning programme.

Juliet Benis, headteacher, said: “An absolutely amazing total raised for our school and pupils.

Enormous thanks to everyone who volunteered, baked, donated prizes and came along to the fair. It was great fun.”

Partygoers heard the school choir sing Christmas songs, and seasonal crafts included a make- your-own wrapping paper stall, a create-your-own Christmas card stall and a “bake-off ” competition.

Raffles included top prizes of an Amazon Fire tablet generously donated by local tutors Mathematics and Science Tuition, a Kindle with pre-loaded Harry Potter books given by Winkworth estate agents, while Arsenal Football Club contributed a signed Arsenal football, a signed Arsenal shirt and match tickets. The winter fair was held on December 2.

Princesses – in all shades and sizes!

Alisha Lestrade with a ‘lifesize’ doll; above: a selection of her creations

A mother has been busy designing dolls for children in 10 different skin tones, combatting the commonly known blue-eyed and blonde-haired Disney princesses – and is looking to sell them across the borough.

“If there was a fancy-dress party, I couldn’t go dressed up as a princess,” said Alisha Lestrade. “I wasn’t a princess. A princess wasn’t black.”

Alisha has been crowdfunding for Thimble & Doll, her business she hopes to hire a team for. Officially launched two years ago, all dolls are designed, drawn, cut and hand-stitched by Alisha herself. They are made from felt and cotton, and in the past two years Alisha has created more than 200 toys. Now she is looking to hire a team to help her and is hoping to sell her dolls at craft fairs across Islington.

Alisha said: “Diversity and representation are core values of my business. I know the importance of seeing yourself represented otherwise it can have an effect on your self-image.”

The dolls are sold across London markets.

For more information contact hello@thimbleanddoll.co.uk

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