Eight-year-old Belford girl raises funds for the homeless from sale of her homemade Christmas cards
A Belford girl has donated proceeds from her hand-painted Christmas cards to the homeless.
Rosie Parkin-Ross was inspired to help out after being shocked to see so many people sleeping on the streets on a trip to Edinburgh on her eighth birthday in February.
She went to Edinburgh Playhouse to watch The Lion King and was given £5 to spend on treats but she decided to buy a sandwich for one of the homeless people. Later that evening she insisted on her family buying a hot drink for another homeless person.
“She said if she had £1,000 she would put them all in a hotel for the night,” said her mum, Philipa.
She had bought Rosie some paints and a sketch book as she loves to do art.
Rosie decided to paint and sell Christmas cards and donate the money she raised to help the homeless.
Amazingly she raised £70 from friends, family and people all over Northumberland.
"We were blown away by the generosity of others and the support for her work was amazing,” said Philipa.
"She feels like a famous artist and even had to sign some of her cards.”
They donated £40 to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) which helps people from the military who may find themselves on the streets.
A further £20 worth of essentials such as thermal socks, hats, gloves and flasks were donated to the Salmon Inn (Belford) collection which went to help the homeless in Newcastle.
The final £10 went to the Feed a Friend for a Fiver charity in the North East which provided two hot meals to somebody in need.