Little girl shows big heart for Barrow foodbank
Last updated at 15:30, Sunday, 17 February 2013
A LITTLE girl with a big heart has amazed volunteers at the Barrow Foodbank by donating £4.98 in pocket money to help those less fortunate.
Six-year-old Lucy Coward carried out odd jobs around her Kirkby home to raise the sum after hearing stories of families going hungry.
Every time she washed the dishes, made her bed and generally helped out at home she was rewarded with a few coins to add to her collection.
Barrow Foodbank co-ordinator Ann Mills and the other volunteers were left speechless when they received the cheque.
Anne said: “At first we thought that it was an unusual amount and then we read the letter and we were just so, so thrilled.
“We were a bit choked up that somebody so young had made that much of an effort to help other people.”
To show its appreciation, the foodbank wrote a letter of thanks to Lucy, which she took to show to her classmates at Burlington Primary School.
Proud mum Tonia said she was delighted when Lucy suddenly announced one day that she wanted to be put to work doing chores.
She said: “She’d heard that there were people less fortunate than us out there and she said, ‘I’m going to give these people something, I’m going to raise money’. It’s nice for her to get a bit of recognition. We didn’t expect her to because it’s only a few pounds and we just thought she’s doing kind things.”
Mrs Coward said she and her husband, Paul, had always tried to teach Lucy and her sister Megan, eight, that there were people less fortunate.
She added: “Whenever we’re cleaning out the house we take the stuff to the charity shop and I’ve always taken the kids in with me so they know things aren’t always new.”
Mrs Coward said while she expected there would come a time when clothes, phones and other material items started competing for Lucy’s pocket money, she was happy to encourage her daughter’s natural generosity.
“When she gets older she might go into charitable work,” she said. “But we are proud of her and she’s really sweet for doing this.”
First published at 15:08, Sunday, 17 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Well done Lucy. XOXO
good on yer little girl,your good deed shows up these rotten Tories,who give to the rich and take from the poor.
There are of course some who you can never help,then there are those in desperate need
for every penny that goes towards food for some poor desperate person trying to survive
in this tory/lib Britain.
Not all the unemployed spend all their money on food/fags/beer/betting shops,but benefit cuts,when you can give billions in aid to others while letting your own people
suffer and having to rely on little girls
pocket money to take the place of the cuts,is about as low as the TORIES can sink to.
Little girl,your a diamond.