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What’s new Fundraising puddings

After a successful limited run of Christmas puddings last year, Goodness Baked has now increased its fundraising range to include sticky toffee, squidgy chocolate and lemon curd sponge puddings. Simply order through the website ( and resell your puddings for an easy profit- maker at a hectic time of year.

Goodness Baked also offers personalised labels, which can be anything from a simple message to a pupil’s drawing, turning the puddings into a perfect festive gift. The recommended mark-up raises £3 per pudding, but you can charge whatever suits your school. Turn to p11 for your chance to win 100 delicious puddings!

SAY THANK YOU ‘Hannah Ames has been a real driving force behind a Crowdfunder campaign that has smashed its original target of £8,500, and is powering on to making an even bigger difference. I’m pretty sure she hasn’t slept in about a month, but she’s still working hard and is an incredible team member, an amazing friend and a brilliant human being. The world needs more Hannahs.’ Mel Tucker, committee member, Friends of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Plymouth (1,020 pupils)

‘Without our chair, Pip Vallance, our PTA would never have been formed. She spends hours researching, planning, creating newsletters and countless other things. She’s always thinking “PTA”, whether it be fundraising ideas, raffle prizes, agendas.... the list goes on. Pip is the driving force behind our PTA and without her we would never have come close to the £3,000 we’ve raised since our initial meeting in January. Every PTA needs someone this dedicated and passionate about giving our kids the best possible experience at primary school.’ Sarah Dodd, joint chair, Friends of St Michael’s CofE primary school, Kingsteignton, Devon (453 pupils)

‘Jemma Sunley has been a star for us! Since she came on board as a committee member this year we have almost doubled the amount of money raised. She contacts me practically daily with a new prize, donation or grant. She has managed to get Hoovers, washing machines, kettles, electric toothbrushes and hundreds of pounds-worth of family tickets and day passes. She is amazing!’ Helen Mansutti, PTA chair, St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Primary School, Chester (340 pupils)

l Is there someone on your PTA who’s gone the extra mile? If so, we’d love to hear their story. Email AUTUMN 2019 9


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