Exmouth girl's festive mission

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 October 2015

Nine year old Bassetts Farm primary school pupil Abbie Clarke from Brixington is currently collecting items for her Christmas boxes which will be delivered by the Samaritans Purse charity. Abbie has been busy this year fund raising over £1500 for Comic Relief, helping the local Hospiscare charity and in November will be taking part in a sponsored Tapathon for Children in Need. Ref exe 4045-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Nine year old Bassetts Farm primary school pupil Abbie Clarke from Brixington is currently collecting items for her Christmas boxes which will be delivered by the Samaritans Purse charity. Abbie has been busy this year fund raising over £1500 for Comic Relief, helping the local Hospiscare charity and in November will be taking part in a sponsored Tapathon for Children in Need. Ref exe 4045-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Charity champion Abbie Clarke, nine, is at it again - this time hoping to give children in Africa a happy Christmas.

Bassetts Farm Primary School pupil Abbie has set herself a challenge of filling 21 shoeboxes with gifts for needy youngsters in Africa, in support of Operation Christmas Child.

Abbie, who recently donated her birthday cash to African children and baked cakes to raise funds for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, is asking for donations to help spread festive cheer.

Mum Sarah Clarke, 42, of Martins Road, said the family was proud of Abbie’s latest charity venture.

She said: “Abbie’s done this herself. She’s got all the boxes and wrapped them all. It’s at the filling stage now and we were hoping for a bit of help.”

Abbie is appealing for donations of small toys; balls, skipping ropes, teddies.

Also needed are school supplies, including pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books.

Toothbrushes, bars of soap, combs, flannels, T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewellery, watches and torches can also be included.

Donations can be left in WH Smith, in the Magnolia Centre, where Sarah works.

Sarah said Abbie had already set her sights on her next charity quest – raising funds with her sister, Lauren, in aid of Children in Need.

Proud mum Sarah said: “Abbie’s worked really hard this year raising over £1,500 in two months for Comic Relief.

“Throughout the summer, she has been helping the Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare team at their event by running a hook-a-duck and pick-a-lolly game.”

To find out more about the shoebox appeal, and needed donations, visit:

www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Track Abbie’s fundraising efforts at: https://m.facebook.com/abbiesraisingfunds

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