Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Children show their caring side with charity sales

TWO young siblings raised money for a children’s charity by selling organic vegetables outside their grandparents’ house, write James Presland

TWO young siblings raised money for a children’s charity by selling organic vegetables outside their grandparents’ house, write James Presland and Isaac Leigh.

Nicholas Blagg, 10, and his eight-year-old sister Amelia have held the sale for the last three years at their grandparents’ house in Rotherfield Greys.

This year, they raised more than £120 for Starlight by selling vegetables, jams and toffee in the garden of Caroline and Rex Blagg’s home in Satwell Close.

The siblings live in Great Missenden with their parents, Stuart, 45, a doctor, and Nikki, 48.

Amelia said: “Lots of people turned up and generally people bought more than last year.They come here rather than the supermarket to buy home-grown vegetables.

“We grow lots of vegetables. We made the toffees and the jam was made by our grandma.”

Nicholas said: “We thought it would be fun to have a go and raise some money for charity.

“The first time we tried it we made some money and since then it has just got bigger. Last year we raised £113 and the year before it was around £60, so this is our best year yet.” Mrs Blagg, 70, said: “The children did all the labelling and other work themselves. They really want to do it — it’s them, not me.

“They even put up the gazebo mostly by themselves, although they did give some customers a free choice of toffee for helping.

“The tables emptied so quickly, it was very popular. One of the customers took so many potatoes that we had to ask her to return some!” Customer Heather Jones, 60, from Stonor, said: “This is the first year that I’ve been but it’s brilliant.The vegetables are all lovely and fresh and I’ll definitely come again next year. They have done incredibly well.”

Starlight is a national charity which organises activities for seriously and terminally ill children. Meanwhile, four girls sold home-made treats and lemonade to raise money for a charity.

Ophelia Pedley, Lily Whitelock, Liberty Simmonds and Maisie Maggs, who are seven, had a stall in Henley Market Place for four hours.

Their baked goodies included cupcakes, cookies and muffins which they sold for 50p each.

The girls, who all attend Rupert House School in Bell Street, raised £257 for the Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice in Oxford.

Liberty said: “I had a very fun day and I’d definitely do it again. Lots of people gave us money without even buying any cakes.”

Ophelia said: “I’m really pleased that we did it and really sad that it had to end. It’s really nice to think of other people before yourself.”

The girls were supported by Ophelia’s sister Beatrice, two, and mother Nicola 36, Liberty’s brother Nick, nine, and mother Rosie, 42, and Maisie’s brother Harry, five, and mother Charlotte, 37, and Lily’s mother, Heidi, 44.

Mrs Pedley, of Bell Street, organised the pitch with Henley Town Council but said the girls came up with the idea.

“We would definitely do something like this again,” she said.

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