Saturday, 25 September 2021

Kind-hearted girls raise money for favourite causes

A GIRL raised £125 for charity by asking people attending her birthday party to make a donation rather than buying

A GIRL raised £125 for charity by asking people attending her birthday party to make a donation rather than buying her a present.

Ava Ainsworth, who celebrated her big day with about 18 friends at Skirmett village hall, was raising money for the Children’s Trust.

Her grandmother Gail Boura, from Russell’s Water, said: “My daughter did a walk for the charity and Ava wanted to know what she was doing it for and how she could also help.

“When it came to her birthday she asked if she could not have presents and instead ask people to donate money. Some people made a donation and gave Ava a present as they thought hers was such a generous idea.”

Ava lives with her parents, Courtney and Mark, and siblings Jamie, 13, and six-month-old Ace in Frieth and attends the village primary school. Mrs Boura said: “I am so pleased that Ava is such a kind girl, which is encouraged at the school. I hope it continues. She says that so many people are selfish and do not help others.”

Meanwhile, two girls from Benson held a table-top sale and raised £92.05 for endangered Amur leopards. Emma Woods, eight, and Ella Keith, seven, sold cakes, games, stuffed toys, CDs and DVDs outside Benson Pharmacy.

Emma, of Passey Crescent, said: “Thank you to everyone who came to help and everyone who brought something to sell.”

The girls sponsor three leopards and started their own Save the Amur Leopards Club a year ago. They hold club meetings with their friends in break times at Benson Primary School.

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