Sarah (10) Wins Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Fundraising Competition with “Clever” Film Night Idea

Posted by
Vicky Hewlett
Posted on
2:01pm, 24th July
photo of Croc-tastic Competition winners

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is pleased to announce that Sarah, aged 10, has won its Phizz-whizzing Workshops fundraising idea competition, which was judged by Doctor Who star, Jodie Whittaker, Blue Peter Presenter, Richie Driss and CBBC Presenter, Ed Petrie.

Sarah came up with the idea to host a Roald Dahl film night, dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character, provide drinks and snacks for guests and give a donation to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The judges thought Sarah’s idea was a simple and creative way for people to raise money for the charity, which provides specialist nurses and support to seriously ill children.

photo of overall prize winner, Sarah

Competition judge and CBBC presenter, Ed Petrie was impressed by Sarah’s idea: “It made me realise how many of Roald Dahl’s books have made it onto the screen in some form, and it is a clever way to raise money because it requires minimal effort!”

The charity was inundated with entries to the competition, which was launched as part of its new Phizz-whizzing Workshop series to teach primary school age children about core values including bravery, empathy, resilience and kindness. The workshops highlight the charity’s work, the vital role its network of 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses play in supporting over 21,000 seriously ill children across the UK and why these values are important to foster better understanding of the challenges faced by children with lifelong illnesses. The charity launched a Nurses Appeal* on Nurses day in May, which aims to raise funds to significantly increase the number of seriously ill children it reaches by providing more nurses. The winning ideas from the competition will be used as part of a summer of fundraising over the holiday period to continue its Nurses Appeal and encourage children and families to take part and raise money to help seriously ill children.

As the judges found it so difficult to pick an overall winner, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity has decided to award runners up prizes to the following ideas, which the judges also loved:

Azaria, aged 5 had the idea to arrange a teddy bears picnic and you can pay to attend with donations going to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Prizes could be awarded to best teddy story, best cake, best picnic, best layout and oldest teddy.

Blue Peter Presenter, Richie Driss particularly liked Azaria’s idea, saying: “Azaria’s teddy bears picnic can be done at home or school, it encourages creativity, is easily accessible and is fun!”

photo of Isabella, aged 9

Isabella, aged 9 came up with a homemade movie idea: “Children will be sponsored to make a short movie clip from their favourite Roald Dahl book. They can use a phone/iPad to film it and either be in the film (with friends) or use puppets. They need to get into character and have lots of fun!”

Doctor Who star, Jodie Whittaker, said of Isabella’s idea: “Anyone of any age can take part and it involves lots of creative ideas!! It will also be exciting to see the finished clips!”

photo of Isabella, aged 6

Isabella, aged 6 had a drawing based idea: “Children could get sponsored to draw as many characters as they can from each Roald Dahl book and at the end draw people could donate some more money to buy their favourite.”

CBBC Presenter, Ed Petrie loved Isabella’s idea, saying: “I'd be really interested to see how many characters the winner managed to draw and whether I recognised them all. Good idea to have two ways it raises money - getting sponsored to draw them and then selling them afterwards. Would provide lots of material for social media.”

Overall winner, Sarah wins a bundle of Roald Dahl prizes including a Limited-Edition Witches book, James and the Giant Peach collector’s figurine, dressing up costume and George’s Marvellous Medicine book. Sarah’s idea alongside the runner up ideas will be listed in the official Roald Dahl Day party pack and launched as part of the charity’s Roald Dahl Day fundraising activities.

For more information on how to start fundraising for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity over the summer holidays, please visit: