Thinking outside box sweetened charity appeal

Harry Crouch (left) and Harrison Barrett (right) raised over �3,500 selling Peace Babies.
Harry Crouch (left) and Harrison Barrett (right) raised over �3,500 selling Peace Babies.

It was a triumphant end for the charity campaign of Luton schoolboys Harry Crouch, 14, and Harrison Barrett, 13, who raised over £3,500 for Help for Heroes and the Poppy Appeal.

The boys took a unique approach to fundraising by selling Jelly Babies in packs of 11 as ‘Peace Babies’ to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

It is a little-known fact that Jelly Babies were originally manufactured in 1918 as Peace Babies, making this charity appeal extra poignant.

Over 15,000 sweets were donated to the boys by local supermarkets who were intrigued by the unusual project.

Over the past month, Harry and Harrison spent hours each night packing the sweets, painting their stall, reaching out to sponsors and selling the treats in local supermarkets, as well as open days at the Vauxhall plant and Luton football club.

Harrison’s proud mum Joanne Marshall said: “It is so heartwarming in this day and age for two teenagers to devote so much effort to support two great charities and they have gained tremendous support from the community.”