Little Issy gets busy for cancer charity

Issy Pickering hands over her cheque for �835 to Wendy Shaw of Linlithgow Cancer Research Shop
Issy Pickering hands over her cheque for �835 to Wendy Shaw of Linlithgow Cancer Research Shop
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An eight-year-old girl took it upon herself to raise an impressive £835 for Cancer Research UK after learning about the disease at school.

Issy Pickering handed over her cheque to Wendy Shaw of the Linlithgow Cancer Research UK shop last week after organising a massive charity bake sale in her own front garden for neighbours, family and friends.

Issy’s charitable act was inspired by a lesson the primary four pupil received at Edinburgh’s Erskine Stewart’s Melville School.

She said: “I didn’t like hearing about breast cancer and how awful it is, I wanted to do something to help.”

Dad Marcus Pickering said: “She decided to raise as much money as she could to help find the cure for breast cancer. After the lesson at school I went into her room and found it covered in handwritten letters.

“She had written them to invite people to her bake sale. Her mum and friends from school – but mainly her mum baking day and night – helped get the cakes ready for the sale.”

Issy set up her stall at the bottom of the garden and it really pulled in the crowds to coin in the £835. She also offered Cancer Research bracelets and badges to those who could not make it on the day but who donated to the cause.

Following the donation, Linlithgow Cancer research UK shop manager Wendy said: “It’s wonderful to see someone so young being proactive and raising such a phenomenal amount for the charity. Young people are critical to our fundraising efforts to beat cancer.”