Kind-hearted Rossendale girl sells everything she owns on eBay to feed the hungry (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Kind-hearted Rossendale girl sells everything she owns on eBay to feed the hungry
A KIND-HEARTED schoolgirl was so touched by the work being done by a charity that she pledged to sell off every-thing in her possession to help its cause.
Lucy Whitham, eight, attended a talk by Rossendale foodbank The Raft Foundation at her Brownies pack.
All she had was a pen, a 2p coin, and a keyring trolley token – all of which is now going for £36 on auction website eBay.
Her thoughtful donation was initially turned down by Kate Crane, The Raft Foundation’s chairman, who had given a presentation on the charity’s work at St Peter’s Laneside Church, in Haslingden.
A delighted Kate said: “At the end of the evening, as we packed our presentation away, Lucy came up to me and put her hand in her pocket and took out its contents and placed them in my hand.
“‘Please can you sell these to help the people who need food?’ she asked.
“I explained that she didn’t need to give me her special possessions and that her understanding that there were people who needed food was enough.But she insisted, saying ‘I know they’re mine, but I want you to take them and sell them’. She would not take ‘no’ for an answer.”
“The amount paid at the end of the auction will go towards providing healthy food to individuals and families in Rossendale.”
Lucy, a pupil at Haslingden High School, said: “I like giving to charity and also like helping other people.”
Her dad, Adam, said: “I have no idea why those items were in her pocket that night! I do remember Lucy once having homework from school which asked what she would do if she won the lottery. Lucy wrote in her book ‘Send a plane to Africa with food because the people haven’t had any food there’.”
Bidding for the items on eBay remains open until around 11am on March 20. The Raft Foundation, set up in May 2012, has supported almost 300 people since last December alone.
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