Exmouth’s kind-hearted Abbie, 11, reaches her charity fundraising target.

PUBLISHED: 10:29 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 27 July 2017

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 4049-42-15SH. 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 4049-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Abbie Clarke, 11, has raised £2,000 for a light sensory centre for Honeylands Children’s Charity in Exeter.

Tireless charity fundraiser Abbie Clarke, 11, celebrates leaving Bassetts Farm Primary School for Exmouth Community College. In the past two years Abbie has raised more than £3,500 for charity.Tireless charity fundraiser Abbie Clarke, 11, celebrates leaving Bassetts Farm Primary School for Exmouth Community College. In the past two years Abbie has raised more than £3,500 for charity.

A Brixington schoolgirl is celebrating raising more than £3,500 for charities in the past two years.

Tireless fundraiser Abbie Clarke, 11, has just reached her target of £2,000 for a light sensory centre for Honeylands Children’s Charity in Exeter.

The impressive achievement joins her long list of fundraising efforts, including £1,534 for Comic Relief and 75 shoe boxes for the Shoe Box Appeal.

And the good news is that Abbie, who has just finished at Bassetts Farm Primary School and will be going to Exmouth Community College in September, is likely to continue her charity work for Hospiscare, once she has settled at her new school.

Abbie first began fundraising two years ago.

“It started on her ninth birthday,” said her mother Sarah Clarke, 42. “She had money for her birthday. I said, ‘Let’s go shopping. What do you want to spend your birthday money on?’. She said she didn’t want to buy anything with her money. She wanted to send it to children in Africa. I said, ‘OK, let’s see how we can do that’. It was coming up to Comic Relief and she wanted to add a bit more to it from her birthday money.”

Abbie started a Red Nose Day sponsorship page, then cleaned cars for money, baked cakes, wrote letters to celebrities to get signed photos, and dressed up for the day itself.

The experience proved helpful when Abbie decided to raise funds for a local cause – a piece of specialist equipment for Honeylands, the specialist children’s centre in Exeter. She hosted a book and cake sale, clothes sale, did a sponsored silence and held a fashion show at Exmouth’s M&Co.

In addition, Abbie has done voluntary work for Hospiscare, helping out at numerous events, including West Country Traditions Day in June.

“The hard work she has put into fundraising has blown us away, and the help and support from her friends has been amazing,” said Sarah.

But for now it is time to celebrate - and to look forward to a new school.

“We’re very proud of her,” said Sarah. “She’s kind-hearted and beautiful, inside and out.”


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