Youngsters ready to be on the spot


Owen Evans

IT WAS too much for Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Steven Gerrard and many other high-profile footballers.

But schoolchildren and their teachers are being urged to prove they have the nerve to step up in a World Cup penalty shoot-out fundraiser, ahead of the football showpiece beginning in Brazil next month.

Raising money for Hope House Children’s Hospice, Ifor Williams Trailers – which has a factory on the Deeside Industrial Estate – has organised the charity event using a specially designed trailer for the spot-kick task.

A tipper trailer has been adapted with holes for balls to be kicked through, worth 20 or 30 points.

Children will have five attempts to score as many points as possible during the contest, to be held at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Bala from Monday, May 26 to Saturday, May, 31.

The penalty challenge is for schoolchildren and teachers, with the prize for the highest scoring student being an iPad and the winning teacher to get £500 for their school.

Hospice fundraiser Eluned Yaxley said: “It’s a momentous year for us and we are absolutely thrilled that Ifor Williams Trailers are supporting us once again. It’s absolutely wonderful for us.

“We have a mountain and a half to climb in terms of raising money so we depend on fantastic supporters and friends such as Ifor Williams Trailers and others throughout the area.”

Ifor Williams Trailers has pledged to match the amount raised at the event by giving 50p to the charity for every five shots.

Ms Yaxley said: “The service we provide is vital for the families we care for – it’s not just respite and terminal care we provide.  

“We also provide outreach services in the community as well as offering trauma support for the wider community.”

The charity is currently helping more than 500 families from across North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.

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