Horndean pupil, seven, asks school to hold cake sale to help animals in Australia - and raises hundreds

A CARING seven-year-old rallied her school to raise hundreds at a cake sale after being inspired to help animals suffering in Australia.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 1:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:40 pm

After seeing clips on CBBC Newsround of the devastation caused by bushfires, Year 2 pupil Amy Newell decided she wanted to do something to help and took her own initiative to make a difference.

Animal lover Amy wrote a short letter to her school, Horndean Infants, asking permission to hold a cake sale after school to raise money ‘because the fires are burning animals and houses’.

The school in Merchistoun Road was more than happy to help the Year 2 pupil raise funds for the WWF Australia Bushfire Emergency fund, and the generosity of parents, pupils and teachers led to the event being a massive success.

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Amy Newell, seven, organised a bake sale at Horndean Infant School to raise money for WWF Australia Bushfire Emergency fund. Pictured: Jessica Davison, Rebecca Martin-Yates , Amy Newell, Riley Jolliffe, Ivy Clifford, Oakley Warrior and Amelia Austin-Hawkins. This is coming to the end of the sale so not many cakes left

Headteacher Jacqui Ralphson said: ‘We have all seen how Australia is suffering from devastating wildfires which have ravaged communities and wildlife.

‘I'm really proud that our children think about global issues and have such huge hearts in wanting to help and Amy is a superb role model for this.’

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Amy, who is in Australia class at the school, enlisted a group of her friends to sell cakes that all the school children donated, including a big koala cake which was donated by Hannah List, a previous parent of Horndean Infant School.

Amy Newell, seven, organised a bake sale at Horndean Infant School to raise money for WWF Australia Bushfire Emergency fund

The artistic creation was auctioned off during the bake sale and brought in £30 towards the total, with other small cakes selling very quickly for 20p or six for £1.

Ivy Clifford, a classmate of Amy’s, made an information leaflet about the bushfires and handed these out to people buying the cakes.

Alison Newell, Amy’s mum, said: ‘It was very busy and all the cakes went down well and she raised a grand total of £368.20.’

Alison added: ‘I’m just really proud, Amy always wants to help people.

Amy Newell, seven, organised a bake sale at Horndean Infant School to raise money for WWF Australia Bushfire Emergency fund. Pictured: Ivy Clifford, Jessica Davison, and Amy Newell with the leaflet Ivy produced about the bush fires

‘She is really pleased, she was really excited.’

Amy would like to thank all her friends for helping at the sale and to everyone for all the kind donations of money and cakes, which helped raise this amount for the charity.

Amy Newell, seven, organised a bake sale at Horndean Infant School to raise money for WWF Australia Bushfire Emergency fund. Pictured: A koala cake made by Hannah List which was auctioned for £30