Sweet charity was in Amy-Leigh’s gift

Amy-Leigh Johnston money raised from selling sweets
Amy-Leigh Johnston money raised from selling sweets
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A kind-hearted Bo’ness youngster gave up her Christmas present cash to fundraise for charity instead.

A kind-hearted Bo’ness youngster gave up her Christmas present cash to fundraise for charity instead.

Nine-year-old Amy-Leigh Johnston decided she would raise money for two worthy causes rather than buy presents for herself.

A primary five pupil at St Mary’s Primary School, Amy-Leigh decided to convert her cash to sweets and sell them at her school and church to raise funds for the Storehouse Foodbank and Cancer Research UK. She raised £425.

Mum Lisa said: ‘‘We have lost a number of family members through cancer and Amy-Leigh was aware that her grandad died because of it.

“She said she wanted to raise money for the cancer charity but also for the local Storehouse as her school has links with it.’’

Lisa and Amy-Leigh bought a huge selection of sweets from Bookers Cash and Carry in Falkirk and made up around 300 Sweetie cones which she sold for £1 each.

Family friend Pamela Gray, of Deanfield Place, also helped bake cupcakes which were sold at the local church.

Mum, dad Scott, brother Jamie (12) and sister Cerys (5) are all very proud of her.

Lisa added: ‘‘When she said she would rather spend her Christmas money on raising funds for charity we were so emotional – and very proud of her.’’

The cash raised will now be split equally with the Storehouse receiving foodstuffs to the value instead.

St Mary’s headteacher Julie Hanlon said: ‘‘Everyone at the school is proud of Amy-Leigh for being so kind-hearted.’’