ENTERPRISING eight-year-old Danielle Halford and her chums took on a challenge to turn £5 into a charity money-spinner - and raked in more than £1,300 to feed children in the slums of Kenya.

The Akamba Children's Education Fund issues its ACEF £5 challenge to come up with fundraising schemes - and Danielle, of The Oakalls estate in Bromsgrove, had the idea of running a teddy bear tombola.

She went to a charity shop to spend some of the £5 on cuddly toys and added into the stock some of her own cast-off teddy bears.

Using a borrowed tombola, she and two friends, Felicity Swainland and Eloise Moreton, both nine, ran the stall at the Imagination Street play centre in Astwood Bank - even making announcements on the loud speaker and putting leaflets on tables to tell visitors what it was all about.

The next day, Danielle and another friend, Grace Mealyou-Went ran the tombola again for neighbours in Royal Worcester Crescent, The Oakalls.

The total raised by the tombola was £60.

But the project was still not over.

Danielle and other children attending Finstall First School, Bromsgrove, set off on a charity bike ride to raise more funds to make a difference to the lives of children in Africa.

Pupils Penny and Daisey Reaney raised £435 by cycling 12 miles and Danielle coined in another £802 over a 20-mile course.

Finally Danielle and Hannah McNeil manned a stand at the summer fair at Windsor High School, Halesowen, where they offered glitter tattoos and brought in another £55.30 for the cause.

The girls had heard about the Akamba Children's Education Fund through their Brownies and Rainbows groups in Bromsgrove.

Danielle's mum, Alison Halford, said: "I'm very proud of Danielle and her friends, who have recognised that other children need help and have done something about it.

"They have raised an amazing sum through determination and enterprising spirit.

"The funds will feed 10 orphan slum children - who are some of the most vulnerable of the 950 that are education at the school known as Brainhouse Academy in Mathare North, Kenya - for six months."

Other children or schools who want to get involved in the £5 challenge should contact Liz Formby on elizabethjane07@gmail.com.