Young fundraiser inspired by walk

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A budding entrepreneur has helped raise more than £200 for St Oswald’s Hospioce by selling her unwanted toys and books.

Nine-year-old Sarah Hodgson from Cramlington was inspired to hold a garage sale to fundraise for St Oswald’s after she volunteered at the charity’s Midnight Walk in July.

Her Dad, Ed Hodgson said: “Sarah saw the adverts for the Midnight Walk and wanted to join in but she was just too young to enter this year.

“Instead she offered to volunteer on the night, so we all went down as a family and helped to set up the merchandise stall.

“She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to hold her own sale and make some money for St Oswald’s.”

Sarah added: “I got some flyers printed and I took them round to all the houses on my street with a friend.

“It was really rainy on the day of the sale but lots of people came. We sold books for adults and children, cuddly toys and St Oswald’s beanies and cowboy hats.

“We sold out of the little animal beanies, they were very popular, and there were still people trying to buy things the day after!

“A few days later I took around thank you notes to everyone who came to the sale. People who had missed the sale popped round with donations to the Hospice instead which was really nice.”