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Charlie’s coffee morning

Charlie (8) has taken on arranging a coffee morning at Duns Parish Church to raise money for Macmillan nurses and its good to give following his mums battle with cancer

Charlie (8) has taken on arranging a coffee morning at Duns Parish Church to raise money for Macmillan nurses and its good to give following his mums battle with cancer

He might be only eight years old, but Charlie Lindsay of Duns has been putting in extra effort at the beginning of his school holidays.

Charlie has organised his own coffee morning to raise funds for children with cancer.

And he has roped in plenty of friends and family to help him with his plan.

“I’ll be selling loom bands and things,” he said, “and my Uncle Darren and Jack from the pipe band are doing the coffee.

“Auntie Emma is face painting, and mum’s on the door!”

Charlie told ‘The Berwickshire News’ that he first got the idea “weeks ago” but mum Ann is pretty sure that he’s been working on it for years, since she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said that the proceeds of the event will go to Macmillan, who helped her with her diagnosis, and It’s Good To Give.

Among the Duns residents who are proud of their young fundraiser is Charlie’s grandmother, Nella Feeney, who said: “I just think he’s a wee star for thinking of it and recalling his own experience with this disease through his mum.

“It is testament to Ann that he is so mature in his attitude for an eight-year-old.

“The story behind this is that Charlie asked Ann why people had coffee mornings and she explained that it was to raise funds for charities.

“He then asked a lot of questions about who made the coffee and who provided the prizes and so on.

“Charlie being Charlie, he went away and thought about it and then asked his mum to book a date for him.

“When she asked why, he replied he wanted to raise money to help people with cancer - like his mummy!”

It’s not the first time that young Charlie has volunteered to help cancer sufferers - for the last two years he has run in charity races. He was joined this year by his cousins, even though they are aged just two, and together they rased over £800.

And when his proud mum indulged in a little light-hearted teasing about doing the run in pink, Charlie replied calmly: “Well, mum, that’s just the colour that you’re supposed to wear.”

 

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