Shannon’s been baking cakes in memory of Uncle Tony

Shannon Atkins with the cakes she baked
Shannon Atkins with the cakes she baked
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Young Shannon Atkins was so touched by the death of her uncle that she decided to bake cakes to raise money for charity.

Shannon, 11, is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner for remembering Tony Atkins with her fundraiser.

Shannon, who goes to Riders Junior School in Kingsclere Avenue, Leigh Park, said: ‘I was close to my uncle and I was sad about his death.

‘So I have been baking and selling cakes at my school to raise money for a charity.’

Shannon has been gathering funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry) after her uncle died from three undetected holes in the heart.

Shannon’s mother Donna, 29, of Warsash Close, Havant, said: ‘My brother died last year – he just collapsed. He was only 30 years old.

‘Shannon and Tony were very close to each other and this fundraiser is her way of doing something to help others. I’m proud of her for doing this.’

So far Shannon has raised more than £100 with her baked goods.

Money raised will go to Cry, which works to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to sudden death, including cardiac arrest.

‘I picked Cry because of how my uncle died,’ added Shannon.

‘He meant a lot to me and this is my way of showing him how much I cared about him.

‘Lots of people have been buying the cakes, so that’s good.’