Kind-hearted Pontefract schoolgirl selling homemade cards to help feed the homeless

An inspiring 12-year-old girl from Pontefract has been hand decorating cards to help feed the homeless.

By Olivia Hale
Friday, 6th November 2020, 1:36 pm
Ellie, an inspiring 12-year-old girl from Pontefract has been hand decorating cards to help feed the homeless
Ellie, an inspiring 12-year-old girl from Pontefract has been hand decorating cards to help feed the homeless

Ellie Sockett, 12, was fed up with the hardships lockdown so she decided to do something nice with her free time to help those less fortunate.

To keep herself occupied, she started making and decorating greetings cards to sell to close friends and family.

At first, she wanted to donate the proceeds to the NHS - but instead decided to help those a bit closer to home.

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Ellie said: “I really wanted to help through lockdown because I’ve seen pictures of so many people on the street on social media and nobody seems to be helping them, especially the government.

“So I started making the cards to sell to my family and friends to raise some money for the homeless.

“My grandma volunteers at the community kitchen in town so she helped me buy the food with all the money I made from selling cards.

“I made £25 all together, so with that money we went and did a big shop at Morrisons, then gave the food to the community kitchen to give to those who need it.”

Ellie wanted to help out and volunteer at the community kitchens base in town on Horsefair.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, she couldn’t be there to lend hands on help.

However she will be making and selling more cards over the Christmas period to ensure the people in her community have enough to eat.

Ellie said: “It’s something I haven't done before, I am really proud of myself for doing it - I feel like I’ve done something really good and I hope the people who bought my cards enjoyed them.

“I think it’s good to raise awareness and help out where you can - I’d like to say thank you to my grandma, my mum and my auntie for inspiring me.”