Kind-hearted youngsters are giving up their pocket money to help hungry families.
Sarah Gaughan, 7, and Maddison Johnson, 8, have decided to dedicate the last day of each school holiday to helping the food bank at the St Catherine’s Church Centre in Belle Vue.
The pair were inspired by a food bank collection at a harvest festival, which they took part in at St James’ School in Crigglestone, where they are both pupils.
Sarah’s mum Michele, 40, of Woodhall Close, Durkar, said: “Sarah wanted to donate her Christmas money to the cause, which was lovely, but we wanted to show her that a little could go a long way, so we persuaded her to put £5 in and we took some food down that we had collected as a family.
“Maddison was keen to get involved when Sarah told her what she had done, and the girls decided they would put £5 in every school holiday, which mummies and daddies have agreed to match.
“They do their own shopping list and we take them to Aldi, where they buy the food themselves.”
The girls made their first delivery to the food bank at half term.
Mrs Gaughan added: “You can donate money to charity, but then you don’t really get to see where it goes.
“The food bank has really captured their hearts because it’s something they can really get involved in. We’re really proud of them.”
Lisa Grant, centre manager at St Catherine’s Church Centre, said: “We’re grateful for any help we receive, but it is especially nice to see children being so generous and thinking of others less fortunate than themselves in this day and age.”
To donate call 01924 211130 or visit the church.