Big-hearted youngsters from Leeds are using the summer holidays for a charity venture that’s a real family affair.
Alicia Rushworth, 10, and her seven-year-old brother Thomas have watched in recent years as their grandparents, Alan and Geraldine Rushworth, have battled cancer.
But they’re also well aware that Alan hasn’t let the illness stop him pursuing his hobby of growing fruit and vegetables in his garden.
And this summer Alicia and Thomas have spent every day – weather permitting – selling his produce from a stall outside their house in Oak Grove, Garforth.
Money raised by the efforts of the pair and their pals Lia Madden, eight, and Lucas Walton, seven, go to the Cancer Research UK charity.
Alicia and Thomas’s mum, Rebecca, 33, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We’re all so proud of them – my dad says they’re his number one sales team!
“They’ve raised about £150 so far, which I think is a pretty impressive amount.
“To hear your children say they want to do something so that no one else gets poorly like their grandma and granddad, well, it just brings a tear to your eye.”
Alan, who made the stall his grandchildren use for their on-street business, is receiving radiotherapy for prostate cancer. His 60-year-old wife Geraldine, meanwhile, is in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Alan, also from Garforth, does his bit to raise money for Cancer Research UK by crafting benches, bird tables and other items from wood in his shed-cum-workshop.
Anyone wanting to donate pieces of wood that he can put to good use is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.