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Leila proves you’re never too young to start fundraising

One of Sheffield’s youngest fundraisers has raised her first £160 for St Luke’s…and is already planning her next event!

Five-year-old Leila Chesters, who lives in Dore and is a pupil at Dore Primary School, decided to raise money for our patient care after hearing about the work mum Laura does as Senior Sister at the St Luke’s In Patient Centre.

And having spent a full day baking and decorating a batch of cakes, she set up a stall following the practice session at Sheffield Giants American Football Club, where dad Toby is Head Coach.

“Leila said she wanted to raise money for a charity and when I pointed out that I actually work for a charity, she decided that she would do something for us,” said proud mum Laura.

“She worked so hard all day Saturday baking and decorating and then took them to the practice session, where they were sold out in no time at all.”

Now Leila is back in the kitchen, preparing her next batch of tasty treats ready for a second sale, which will be held at the Spotlight Dance Studio in Low Edges on May 11.

“Leila really does have to be one of our youngest ever fundraisers and we are so proud of what she is achieving,” said our Fundraising Assistant Karan Taylor.

“For somebody who is only five to have raised so much money is a wonderful example to us all of what you can achieve.”


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