Girls raise £50 carol singing for museum

JPCT 22-12-11 S11520268a horsham museum, fund raising carol singers. Aisha Miles,13, Maya Bardsley,10, holding the money raised and Elena Miles, 12, -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 22-12-11 S11520268a horsham museum, fund raising carol singers. Aisha Miles,13, Maya Bardsley,10, holding the money raised and Elena Miles, 12, -photo by steve cobb

THREE girls’ love of history and music led to a surprise donation to Horsham Museum last week.

Sisters Aisha and Elena Miles and their cousin Maya Bardsley went door-to-door carol singing and raised £50 for the museum’s work.

The girls were inspired after ten-year-old Maya sang in a concert.

Aisha said: “Maya was doing the Christmas concert in Worthing and I thought we could go carol singing. We sang some carols from the concert.

“Horsham Museum is definitely a worthy cause because it’s very important to keep history alive, especially as Horsham is such a historic town.”

Elena, 12, added: “[The museum] is one of those things you have to preserve. If you lose it you can’t get it back. History is part of the town’s identity.

“Our biggest donation was from a man in a wheelchair who said he had belonged to the museum. He gave us mince pies and £7.”

Their grandmother Pennie Bardsley said: “It was all their idea. They dressed up and each carried a sock - a green one, a red one and a striped one - to collect the money in.

“They made truffles and said ‘if anybody gives more than £1, we’ll give them a truffle’.”

Jeremy Knight, the museum’s curator, said: “It’s fantastic and it’s never occurred before. It’s great that they actually love the museum so much that they did this for us.”