She may be just eight-years-old, but Niamh Wilson is all too aware of the devastating affects cancer can have on people’s lives.
Young Niamh’s family lost a relative to cancer and is watching as another receives treatment for the disease at the Macmillan Windmill Unit, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
It is because of this experience of cancer despite her years that Niamh, who lives in Blackpool, decided to embark on a fund-raising quest in aid of Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.
With the help of her mum Karen Darby, she baked cakes and sold them to her classmates and teachers at Roseacre Primary School.
The cake sale raised £43 which has been donated to the Macmillan Windmill Unit.
Karen said: “I am very proud of Niamh for her great effort and achievements in order to raise money for such a great charity which is very close to her heart.
“I asked her why she wanted to do this and in her own words she said because she felt sorry for children like herself who have cancer and also for her family members who have not been so lucky in beating it.
“Unfortunately her grandad Leslie Darby died nine years ago – only one year before she was born – so Niamh only has photos to know of him.
“Also at present her other grandad John Wilson is currently battling cancer and still undergoing chemotherapy.
“I can’t describe how proud we all are of her. She is a lovely, bubbly, caring and loving little girl and always willing to help others.
“She is my little angel.”
Following her fund-raising success, Niamh was presented with a certificate for her kindness by teachers at her school during assembly.
Ann Hedley, interim head of fund-raising for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund said: “This just goes to show how special young people are and how much they think about what is happening to others.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the support of someone so young and with such a big heart.”