A schoolgirl from Northumberland has been praised for raising money for a hospice with a sale of her toys.
Nine-year-old Sarah Hodgson raised over £200 for St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Gosforth, Newcastle, after being inspired to hold a garage sale when she volunteered at the charity’s Midnight Walk in July.
Her father Ed said: “Sarah saw the adverts for the Midnight Walk and wanted to join in but she was just too young to enter this year. Instead she offered to volunteer on the night, so we all went down as a family and helped to set up the merchandise stall.
“She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to hold her own sale and make some money for St Oswald’s.”
Sarah said: “I got some flyers printed and I took them round to all the houses on my street with a friend. It was really rainy on the day of the sale but lots of people came. We sold books for adults and children, cuddly toys and St Oswald’s beanies and cowboy hats.
“We sold out of the little animal beanies, they were very popular, and there were still people trying to buy things the day after.
“A few days later I took around thank you notes to everyone who came to the sale. People who had missed the sale popped round with donations to the hospice instead, which was really nice.”
St Oswald’s provides specialist care for local adults, young people and children. Its annual running costs amount to £9.5m – of which £6.5m must be raised through voluntary giving.
Earlier this week it was announced that a Northumberland estate will be opening its doors to the public as part of that fundraising effort. Blagdon Estate, near Stannington, will be opening its gardens on Sunday to raise money for the North East charity St Oswald’s Hospice.
St Oswald’s fundraiser Emma Noble said: “We were so grateful that Sarah offered to volunteer at the Midnight Walk, and then to go on to hold a stall and raise over £200 is incredible! A big thank you from everyone here at St Oswald’s.
“We rely on the support of our local community to raise the ï¿½6.5m we need each year to provide our services to local people with life-limiting conditions. If you have a fundraising idea or would like to volunteer at one of our events, please call me on 0191 246 9123.”
We rely on the support of our local community to raise the ï¿½6.5m we need each year