Selfless Shropshire girl’s kind hearted birthday donation
A young girl from Whixall, in North Shropshire, celebrated her eighth birthday recently by asking the classmates and friends who attended her birthday party to make a donation to Caudwell Children, rather than buy her presents.
Selfless Megan Bushell decided that she had enough toys and told her parents that she would rather make a donation to the charity.
Megan’s mother, Hannah Bushell, aged 36, was delighted by her daughters caring gesture which raised over £120. As she explained: “My husband works for the charity so Megan is familiar with the kind of support that they give to disabled children and their parents.
Like most children her age she has a passing interest in what her daddy does, but it doesn’t extend much beyond that. I was a little shocked when she suggested that rather than have presents from her friends she could ask them to donate to Caudwell Children. It just goes to show that she must have taken a lot more in about the charity than I’d given her credit for.”
Megan, a keen dancer who also enjoys playing football, was happy to have raised money for the Staffordshire based charity. She said: “Daddy’s work helps children to get wheelchairs and other equipment that they need. They also have to do lots of fundraising to help buy special sports equipment and take children on holiday to Disneyworld in America. I’d be sad if I couldn’t go on holiday or get the things that I need. I do have lots of toys, books and games so I thought it would be good to make children who are poorly happy.”
Hannah, who runs her own childminding business, says her daughter won’t miss out on anything. She said: “I’m constantly updating the toys, games and activities that I provide for the children that I care for. Megan is lucky in that she has access to all the creative activities that I use in my job so she has plenty to keep her amused. My husband and I are extremely proud of her kind and considerate attitude to others. We would both like to express our gratitude to the parents of the children who attended Megan’s house party, for agreeing to her wishes.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, was delighted by Megan’s efforts. She said: “It’s always extremely heart-warming when someone as young as Megan understands the importance of supporting others in this way. We’re seeing increasing numbers of young people fundraising on our behalf and their empathy and compassion is admirable. I’d like to say a big thank you to Megan from all at Caudwell Children.”
You can find out more about fundraising for Caudwell Children here.
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