Kayleigh saves up to help Mission Christmas

Lauren Scarth , chief executive at Cash for Kids with Kayleigh Glancy, 11 from Lower Wortley. Picture by Tony Johnson
Lauren Scarth , chief executive at Cash for Kids with Kayleigh Glancy, 11 from Lower Wortley. Picture by Tony Johnson
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A thoughtful 11-year-old has saved up her pocket money and collected gifts to make a special donation to the YEP-backed Mission Christmas toy appeal.

Kayleigh Glancy, from Lower Wortley, approached her mum and asked if she could buy Christmas presents for less fortunate children with her spending money and has been saving since October.

The kind-hearted youngster also appealed for help from friends and family and managed to drop off around £100 of unwrapped gifts at Radio Aire, in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, to support the annual Mission Christmas toy appeal last week. The appeal is run by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity and aims to ensure every child in West Yorkshire wakes up to a gift on Christmas Day.

Becky Gomersall, Kayleigh’s mum, told the YEP: “She’s a brilliant example to others, she’s got a really good heart and is really thoughtful.

“She’s one of a kind for her age. She just wants people to be happy even just for a short while.”

Kayleigh’s Mission Christmas donation is not her first time giving to charity. Following Easter egg and pocket money collections and donations to Candlelighters, St Gemma’s and Wheatfields Hospices, she has been shortlisted for the Children’s Champion Award by Leeds City Council. The winner will be announced at the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards on January 29.

We are continuing to appeal for donations of unwrapped gifts for Mission Christmas at drop-off points such as stores at the Crown Point Shopping Park so that the appeal can help more of the most needy youngsters in the region.

Last year’s appeal saw Mission Christmas deliver gifts to over 15,000 children linked to good causes including Barnardo’s and regional hospices. Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “I really believe there is no more powerful message than children helping others and we were so excited to hear about the great fundraising that Kayleigh has been doing for Mission Christmas. It’s so heartwarming at this special time of the year that she has chosen to think of others before herself.”

Visit www.radioaire.com/missionchristmas or call 0113 2835555 for further information.

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