Hale girl bags top award

A Hale 11-year-old has won a Jewish Children of the Year award for collating a celebrity joke book which raised £1,500 for charity.

Amy Jo Brownson took the personal achievement award at Sunday's ceremony in north London, having persuaded 59 personalities to offer jokes to Laugh Your Socks Off. Gordon Brown, Daniel Radcliffe and the Chief Rabbi were among the contributors.

Money raised went to her former school, North Cheshire Jewish Primary, and Sport Relief.

Amy Jo's mother Gill said: "We were very proud and delighted. It was an emotional day and we felt very special to be part of it. Amy Jo is a fun outgoing character and she wanted to raise money for charity. It all developed from telling jokes at school."

The awards were organised by Jewish Child's Day and Camp Simcha and the judging panel included Manchester Federation chief executive Karen Phillips, Dame Gail Ronson and broadcaster Nick Ferrari.

    Last updated: 10:41am, December 17 2010