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Twelve-year-old Cai Evans from Dartford in Kent has stepped up to become a ‘local hero’ for the children’s disability charity that has provided his sister with vital equipment.

Cai – a Year Seven pupil at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy – wanted to help Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, which has given four-year-old Mia a specialist bed. The equipment, costing almost £5,000, will help keep her safe at night.

Mia has Global Developmental Delay and limited mobility; she has no awareness of danger and doesn’t properly register pain. A standard bed is unsuitable for Mia, as she could fall out, and her limbs regularly got stuck between the rails of her cot, which she had outgrown.

Dad Tom Evans said: “Cai was keen to do something to say ‘thank you’ to Newlife for helping his sister. We contacted the Krispy Kreme donut company, which supports charity work, and bought 360 donuts for Cai to sell at school. He organised and promoted the sale himself and Haberdashers has been very supportive. His friend even played the guitar to entice people to the stall.

“Cai managed to sell all but a handful of donuts, raising £187.25 for Newlife. We are all very proud of him – and Cai is already talking about future fundraising events.”

Cai added: “I’m so pleased that so many people bought donuts in aid of such a worthy cause. My sister will now sleep safe and sound in her new bed and I hope the money I’ve raised can help another child like her.”

Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of any gift or donation will go directly to provide equipment for disabled and terminally ill children – and donors can ring-fence their money to a specific county.”

If you would like to be a ‘local hero’ and help fundraise for disabled and terminally ill children in Kent, the Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on freephone 0800 988 4640. Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fundraising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.

Pictured: four-year-old Mia Evans.

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