Linlithgow pupils swap presents for donations for baby brother

The cheque being handed over by Lucia, Anthony, Dominique, Leo and Mark to Yorkhill representative Amy Aitken
The cheque being handed over by Lucia, Anthony, Dominique, Leo and Mark to Yorkhill representative Amy Aitken

After their baby brother fell ill and spent a week in Yorkhill hospital, two youngsters decided to give up presents to raise money.

Lucia (7) and Anthony Mulholland (5), who attend St Joseph’s Primary School in Linlithgow, raised £640 by having other children donate to Yorkhill instead of buying them presents.

Little brother Leo was born in July last year but by Christmas time had trouble with his breathing and spent seven days in hospital in intensive care.

Proud mum, Dominique (36) and dad Mark Mulholland (39), who own Benny T’s chip shop in Falkirk, were delighted by their children’s thoughtful idea.

Dominique said: “We originally thought that by the time the kid’s birthdays came around in September and October they would have changed their minds, however they didn’t.

“We reminded them it meant no presents on their birthdays but they were adamant it is what they wanted.”

Kirsten Sinclair, director of fundraising at Yorkhill Children’s Charity said: “We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from the children at St Joseph’s Primary School. It will help us support our young patients at the Royal Hospital.”

A joint party was held on October 10, and almost £700 was raised for the charity by the children.