Tasty treats raise funds

A Morpeth family’s effort for two good causes led by an 11-year-old and her seven-year-old sister has achieved its best total yet.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 3:52 pm
Updated Friday, 20th September 2019, 6:32 pm
From left, Martha Davidson, Ava Davidson and their friend, Eve Graham, pictured during the recent bake sale.

A bake sale and a sale of items for children were held in 2018 and Easter this year respectively, and their second bake sale recently took place outside their home in Rectory Park.

Ava Davidson and her older sister Martha Davidson were over the moon to bring in more than £400 for the Marie Curie charity.

There was also a tombola, with items donated by friends and family, and the raffle prize won by Susan Stewart was a £20 voucher donated by Lollo Rosso Italian restaurant in Morpeth.

The girls are also raising funds for Women's Aid after Ava was very upset at the number of homeless people, especially women, around the city centre during a family weekend trip to Edinburgh in December 2018 and they made their own hair bands, bobbles, fancy pens and pencils and personalised note books to sell at a table top sale in the Riverside Leisure Centre.

They then organised to go back there and sell the remaining items the following week and this brought in a total of £165.

Ava and Martha have been supported by proud parents Gemma and Nigel Davidson and grandparents Ian and Pauline Fitzgerald. Pauline knitted some Easter chicks with space for a Creme Egg inside to add to the items.

Gemma said: “My mum’s sister Audrey died after a short battle with cancer in 2010 and Martha, two at the time, adored her auntie Dee Dee as she called her.

“Then my great auntie An-ne developed cancer. After she died in May 2017, the girls wanted to raise money for a cancer charity to help others like Audrey and Anne and so we decided on a bake sale.

“We were a bit unprepared and relied on passing trade, but still raised £120 for Marie Curie in August 2018.

“For this year’s bake sale a few weeks ago, more than 100 flyers were delivered around our estate to drum up interest, but we were all blown away to raise £407. We're so grateful to everyone who donated for their generosity.

“The girls will be making more items to sell for Women’s Aid at Sanderson Arcade next March and my mother will be knitting more Easter chicks than last year.”