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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Young residents of Istead Rise get creative to fundraise for charity

Ellenor & Grace Westlake, aged eight and ten, from Istead Rise had the brilliant idea to make Hamma bead key-rings to sell, raising money for their chosen charity, the RSPCA. Both girls are animal-lovers and are missing seeing their dog-walker friends during lockdown. They manned their stall all afternoon on Sunday and chatted to those who stopped by. Their amazing hard work has raised over £100 so far!

Photography courtesy of Rachel Westlake

Photography courtesy of Rachel Westlake

Their mum, Rachel said

“They absolutely love doing and making things for others. We are very proud of our girls for their kind, caring nature and using their initiative to raise money for such a fantastic charity that means a lot to them”.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Westlake

Similarly, Athena and Xanthe Barrett, aged five and eight made ‘hope’ bracelets and key rings by stringing colourful beads and selling them to their neighbours and friends. Passers-by stopped to buy pre-made items and they also offered a custom-make service delivered by bike (of course, following social distancing guidelines) to residents in both Istead Rise and Meopham.

Their hard work raised over £18 for the Ellenor Hospice and have enjoyed engaging with local people and keeping the spirits of others up!

Photography courtesy of Sarah Barrett

Their mum, Sarah said

“I am extremely proud of Xanthe & Athena for raising money for such a worthy cause and bringing a smile to some local peoples face’s during tough times”.

Photography courtesy of Sarah Barrett

Photography courtesy of Sarah Barrett

Photography courtesy of Sarah Barrett

The community as a whole are immensely proud of the girls, and all other residents for making the effort to fundraise for a variety of incredible charities at this time.