Nine-year-old Sammie Earl and her friends have raised £240 for the Children’s Centre by singing carols around Castletown at Christmas.
The Victoria Road School pupil began carol singing when she was three and every year since has been raising funds around her neighborhood where she lives with her mum Cath, dad Mark and her four-year-old brother DJ.
Mark, who is senior facilities officer at The Children’s Centre, said: ‘Sammie was interested in where I worked and one day she said that she wanted to go carol singing to “raise funds for the children”. She was only three at that time, and it was all her idea. Cath took Sammie carol singing and we’ve supported her ever since.
‘Over the years Sammie’s friends have joined in, so there’s now a little group of carol singers who go around Castletown. Our son David also sings with them and we’re really proud of them both.’
Receiving the cheque last week, Susie Cox, community fundraiser at The Children’s Centre, thanked Sammie and her family and friends for their support - and all of the Castletown residents who have made donations to the carol singers over the years:
‘For such a young child to have the idea to raise funds for other children is truly heartwarming. The funds that Sammie has raised are a great contribution to our charitable projects, but the generosity and community spirit she and her friends have shown is worth so much more than that.
‘It’s a fantastic example of all that is good about our island community, and of the values we wish to promote as a charity for families and children.
‘We will have to keep an eye on Sammie as a potential member of our fundraising team in the future as she clearly has a talent for it!’