A BALLOON race has raised £500 for fire cadets in Frodsham and Helsby to help in their bid to travel to Ghana and build a school.
Shoppers from the Tesco superstore at Mere’s Edge, Helsby, bought tickets for a balloon race to help the cadets raise reach their £42,000 for their Mercy Mission to Ghana at the end of this month.
Kevin Kelly, fire cadet manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We would like to thank Tesco for all their support, the money raised will go a long way towards helping us fund this trip. We were so pleased with the number of balloons we managed to sell and would like to thank everyone who bought one.”
It will be the third time cadets from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have travelled to Ghana to help build a school, they also went in 2005 and 2007.
This year the cadets will travel to the Volta Region of Ghana to the village of Adeklu Kodiabe, an area chosen by the charity Ghana Outlook.
Store manager Mark Corlett said: “It was great to be involved in the balloon race and we are delighted with the amount of money raised. I would like to thank all our shoppers for their support and wish the cadets all the best with their trip.”
Tesco will be donating £1,500 to the Buy a Brick appeal for Helsby Community Sports Club and gave £300 toward the club’s family fun day.