On Friday 25th November, we were delighted to welcome 6 year old fundraiser Maci to our daycentre to thank her for raising an amazing £770.
Maci raised the money throughout the summer by holding various events, including a homemade cake sale with a raffle and a nail painting party for her friends. She also undertook a sponsored bike ride around her local park, during which she cycled an estimated 6 miles; an impressive feat for someone who only learned how to ride her bike 2 months before the event.
Maci then used the money raised to buy items such as sleeping bags, flasks, hats, gloves, socks, shower gels, shaving foam and various food items which she then used to make wrapped Christmas boxes for the homeless clients to open on Christmas Day. She also added a small selection of chocolate coins to the boxes as a treat. Maci also purchased a Christmas tree that will shortly be decorated by volunteers and clients at the centre ready for Christmas.
Maci says, “When I walked past homeless people I always asked mummy if I could have money to help and mummy then found out about the homeless shelter nearby.”
Maci’s mum Vicky says, “Maci has always had a big heart and wants to help everyone but she has always shown extra interest in helping the homeless. She is currently too young to volunteer; however wanted to fundraise as much as she could in order to help provide people with essentials, especially during the colder months.”
Catching Lives trustee James Duff says, “On behalf of everyone at Catching Lives I would like to say a big thank you to Maci. We have been following all of her fundraising events over the summer and are amazed by all the hard work she’s put in. Many of our clients have lost touch with loved ones and Christmas can be a difficult time for them. The items that Maci has donated will therefore be massively appreciated by our clients over the winter months. It is brilliant to see someone so young take an interest in supporting our clients, and it shows that even if people are not quite old enough to volunteer in person, they can still make a positive impact on their community and support those who are less fortunate. We hope it will inspire others to do the same, wherever they live. We were delighted to present Maci with a certificate to recognise her achievements and are very pleased she has accepted our invitation to come back and see the daycentre once all the Christmas decorations have been put up”.