George’s Christmas gift takes the biscuit
A 10-year-old disabled boy from Leaden Roding, in Essex, has raised funds for a disabled children’s charity by selling biscuits at his school Christmas Fair.
George, a pupil at Rodings Primary School, has Vater Syndrome, a condition that has left him with no wrist joint or tendons in his left arm and scoliosis of the spine.
When the school announced the date of the Christmas Fair, George decided to use the day to raise funds for a charitable cause.
“Due to his condition George spent a lot of time in hospital when he was a little boy,” said his mother Samantha. “He’s a very caring and considerate person and extremely aware of those with a disability.
“He understands that his actions can have a positive impact on the world and so he was keen to raise funds for a disabled children’s charity.”
Samantha, who had previously worked for Fledglings, a charity for disabled children, suggested Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
“In my work for Fledglings I often referred parents to Caudwell Children,” explained Samantha. “So when I explained to George that they helped to fund therapies, treatments, equipment and holidays for disabled children he decided to check out their website.
“Once he’d completed his research he told me that he loved the work that the charity does and that he’d decided to raise money for them.”
George, who is a huge Everton fan, has a number of interests and hobbies and he decided to put one of them to good use in order to fundraise for the charity. “He enjoys art and he also runs the Chess Club at school,” said Samantha. “However, his ambition is to become a chef when he’s older.
“He does a lot of cooking and baking at home, and he’s very good at it, so he decided to make some melted snowmen biscuits to sell at the Fair.”
Using icing as a puddle, marshmallow for a snowman’s head, strawberry lace for a scarf, and a chocolate pen for the eyes and buttons, George created 24 biscuits on a lemon shortbread base.
“He’s a very bright boy and he organised his own stand at the fair and raised £17,” said Samantha.
Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, was delighted by George’s support. He said: “The way that he’s used his initiative and talent to support disabled children is fantastic.
“Every single penny counts at Caudwell Children because we have a kind benefactor who covers the costs of the charity, which means that every penny that George has raised will go directly to the children that we support.
“We can’t thank George enough for all his efforts on behalf of the charity.”
You can donate to Caudwell Children here.