It’s an age old saying that little Theo Swan has really taken on board – ‘when life gives you lemons... make lemonade’.
The kind-hearted youngster was moved to do something to help when he heard the plight of a schoolmate needing surgery to save her eyesight.
So, despite being just five- years-old, Theo decided to make homemade lemonade and bake cakes to sell as a fund-raiser.
His efforts were in aid of Scarlett McCracken, a 10-year-old from Kirkham who needs to raise £14,000 to fund her stay in the USA while she has potentially life- changing brain surgery.
Theo, a pupil at The Willows, in Kirkham, raised an impressive £795 towards Scarlett’s total with a stall outside his Wesham home on Sunday – more than five per cent of the total needed - partly thanks to generous donations of £100 a time from close family.
Proud dad Karl, 37, said: “It’s blown us away what he’s done. He’ll share anything with you will Theo, he’s got a big heart.
“I’m extremely proud of him.”
Theo and mum Genna, 27, baked cakes while he and his dad made the lemonade fresh.
And with a little help from Facebook, Theo served more than 100 people who visited the stall on Moorland Avenue, Wesham, between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday, including the McCracken family.
Scarlett first underwent an operation after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour just over four years ago.
But active cells left from the operation have been pushing on Scarlett’s optic nerve and causing her to lose her sight. Her family are fund-raising to cover the costs of staying in the US, while the NHS is footing the £90,000 bill for Proton Beam Therapy to prevent further damage.
Mr Swan added: “Theo doesn’t understand the illness and surgery, all he knew was that we all had to help. I don’t know how I’d cope if something like that happened to Theo, but I’d like to think people would help us, so it’s fantastic Theo thought to do something.
“Scarlett and her family came along, too, and his mum said it’s overwhelming the help they’re getting.
“Anything that we can do to help, we’ll do.”