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Enterprising Wrexham pupils design keyrings in aid of town's night shelter

A group of primary school children from Gwersyllt near Wrexham have raised more than £200 to support the opening of the town’s church and community night shelter next winter.

The Pebbles Group which is part of Holy Trinity Church in Gwersyllt and meets at nearby Ysgol Heulfan have designed and hand-coloured keyrings to raise money to buy socks for guests at the shelter.

Max and Aadhya from Pebbles explain what they did and why in this film:

The youngsters, all aged between 7 and 11, set out to make 200 keyrings to sell at 50p and hoped to make £100 for the shelter.  Within days they had sold all 200 keyrings and attracted match funding.

The Vicar of Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt, who runs Pebbles, the Revd Paulette Gower said: “The idea came out of our discussion about Lent.  I’d asked the group what they might give up for Lent.  Instead, they asked to make Lent about doing something for others.  At the same time the diocesan engagement officer came to talk to us about the night shelter in Wrexham and the children decided to raise money to buy the guests new socks every night.

“The keyrings were their idea and their design and they’ve worked really hard to colour and produce them.

“They even sold two to the Bishop of St Asaph.  He was so impressed with their enterprise that he called in to visit.  The children asked him lots of questions about his job, his Bishop’s clothing, ring, cross and staff.”

The Wrexham Church and Community Night Shelter opened for ten weeks between January and March 2019 offering a safe bed, a hot meal and a friendly welcome to up to 10 guests every night.  The Shelter will open again next winter and more details will be announced later in the year.

The Pebbles Group meets every Tuesday after school at Ysgol Heulfan.  The group has been running for 15 years.

Holy Trinity Church in Gwersyllt is in the Alyn Mission Area and is part of the Diocese of St Asaph.

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