A 7-year-old has raised a heart-warming £145 for St. Vincent’s Hospice by using her own pocket money to buy prizes and presents, to organise a raffle for the local charity.
Orla Irvine from Beith bought the prizes herself, organised the raffle and sold the tickets at Christmas.
Orla’s Mum, Michelle Anderson, who works as a Day Service Assistant in St. Vincent’s, said: “Orla decided she wanted the money to go to the Day Hospice, not only because of my job, but because her Grandpa goes there on a Monday to help with his condition.
“She took her own money, bought the prizes, organised the raffle and sold the tickets herself – and at Christmas time, when a lot of kids are probably thinking about what they’re getting from Santa – she raised £145 for a good cause.”
St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care, supporting people and families who are affected by life limiting conditions from across Renfrewshire and beyond.
The Day Hospice Service gives people the opportunity to visit once a week to receive support for a variety of reasons, including symptom control, exercise and wellbeing sessions, as well as offering invaluable peer support.
Michelle added: “Orla and her sister Myley came in to drop in the money and meet some of the patients and staff. Everyone was so impressed and couldn’t believe a seven-year-old had done all this. I am so proud of her!”
For more information on St. Vincent’s Hospice and how you can support, please visit: www.svh.co.uk.
Photo: (left to right) Sarah Mitchell (Day Services Manager), Myley (Orla’s sister), Susan Savage (Day Service Assistant), Orla’s Grandpa, Michelle Anderson (Day Services Assistant and Orla’s Mum) and Orla Irvine