SIBLINGS who set a fine ‘eggsample’ by raising almost £500 for their primary school have been nominated for a Young Champions award.

Joshua Liddle, eight, and sister Amelia, six, have been rearing their own chickens and selling their free range eggs to visitors of their family farm, Office Fold Farm in Wortley.

The hens were bought by their mum Louise Goss, 34, who wanted to teach the children the value of money and educate them about how the food they eat is produced.

They featured in the Chronicle back in November, and several people have been in touch since last week to nominate them for a Young Champions award.

Louise said: “We bought them some hens and a little shed and they started looking after them and cleaning them out, and when they started laying eggs we made an honesty box and people started to buy the eggs.

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“The kids put some of the money they made aside for food and water, which has taught them about paying bills. It’s been a really rewarding experience and they’ve loved it.”

Through the donations, Joshua and Amelia were able to donate £300 to their primary school, Thurgoland CE Primary, to go towards musical instruments and raised a further £180 for the school gardening club so they could buy gardening equipment.

On hearing the news that Joshua and Amelia have been nominated for a Young Champions award under the ‘Young Fundraiser’ category, Louise said: “I’m really chuffed and pleased to hear that they have been nominated. It’s so nice when young people are recognised for doing something for their school or other worthwhile causes.”

Clare Bryan-Wright, chairwoman of governors at Thurgoland Primary School, who also nominated the pair, said: “Josh and Amelia are two inspirational children, who work hard to keep their egg shop running with very little intervention from their parents. There are not many children who would give up their hard earned cash and donate it all so willingly to charity and therefore I definitely think they should be recognised for their achievements.”

If you know a Young Champion who should be recognised, contact Altine Bootha-King via email on