Carole's charity birthday present
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 March 2013
A Budleigh five-year-old has put others before herself on her birthday, by asking her friends to make a charity donation instead of giving her a present.
Carole Lord, a pupil at St Peter’s School, decided to make the gesture after it was suggested to her by her parents, Annette and Jamie.
The family, who live in Forge Close, found out about the charity Action for Children, which raises money for disadvantaged children living in the UK, through Temple Methodist Church.
When it came to Carole’s birthday party, she agreed that instead of bringing presents, people who went along should bring donations to the charity.
And so it was that when her friends arrived at the Venture Hall for the celebration, they were bearing cash for the cause.
Carole did have some birthday presents from her family, but her gesture at the party led to £102 being raised, which will make around £125 once the charity claims gift aid, to the delight of her parents.
Jamie said: “We spoke to Carole about it and explained that there are lots of children out there that don’t have lots of things and the benefits she has.
“Once we explained, because five is still very young and they don’t know about charity, that some children don’t have presents for birthdays and don’t have the life that she has, she agreed to it.
“We’re really proud that she thought it was a good idea.”
Jamie says that the family now hope that other children and parents might be inspired to do the same.
He said: “We’ve had some really positive feedback on it – people said ‘What a wonderful idea’.
“I get the feeling it could be something that other parents and children could pick up on and perhaps try themselves.”