Creative fund-raising by Olivia for good cause

An eight-year-old girl set-up her own little pop up shop full of items she made herself to support a good cause.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 6:44 pm
Olivia Stephen pictured next to her pop up shop.

Olivia Stephen’s creations were put outside the family home in Mitford for one day and the shop included a note saying people could ‘take what they fancy’ and leave a donation in the honesty box.

The socially-distanced activity aimed at those out walking, which she did as part of the Great British Children’s Challenge initiative, raised £75 for the Morpeth-based Northumberland County Blind Association.

Olivia’s mother, Caroline Stephen, said: “We collected some bits and pieces – including pieces of wood, shells and stones – on our walks.

“She then used her imagination to create the items.

“People were feeling very generous – we were delighted with the total amount raised.

“Olivia chose Northumberland County Blind Association because she loves books so much and wants others who can't see to be able to enjoy them just as much.

“She has also volunteered to read to some of the blind clients at the centre in Morpeth and we are setting this up for some time in the next couple of weeks so it is also following Government guidelines.”

Olivia and her twin brother, Benjamin, have also done some of the other activities suggested by the Great British Children’s Challenge website.