Wakefield teens’ selfless birthday gift

FUNDRAISERS: Eva Walton (left) and Amelia Morris.
FUNDRAISERS: Eva Walton (left) and Amelia Morris.
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A pair of school friends are hosting a joint birthday party –but have shunned gifts in favour of raising vital charity funds.

Eva Walton and Amelia Morris are preparing to mark their 13th birthdays on Saturday, March 3.

But instead of being showered with presents, the teenage duo have instead asked for donations to be given to Leeds’ Breast Cancer Haven.

The girls, both from Wakefield, came up with the idea following the death of Amelia’s mum Gillian from breast cancer.

Before she died in 2016, Gillian and her family supported Breast Cancer Haven through a number of fundraising events, including running the Leeds 10k in 2014.

Only three weeks after announcing their plans to fundraise, Eva and Amelia’s Just Giving page had reached £2,000.

It costs Breast Cancer Haven £1,000 to care for one woman and Eva and Ameila have said they want to raise enough money to support five women.

Eva’s mum Rebecca said: “I am so proud of the girls for how thoughtful they have been in turning this special celebration into something which will help people in need.”

Debra Horsman, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, said: “Everyone at Breast Cancer Haven was so moved by this special gesture from two amazing young girls.

“A birthday is often a time you are allowed to be a bit selfish, but Eva and Amelia have both shown great generosity and selflessness.”

To donate, visit bit.ly/2C4ZmN6.