Sis­ters set up The Py­jama Fund to help vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren across the UK

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

TWO kind-hearted young­sters have launched a char­ity to help chil­dren less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

Lexie, 12, and her sis­ter Ines, 10, are the brains be­hind The Py­jama Fund, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides py­ja­mas, one­sies and soft toys to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the UK.

The Bea­cons­field girls fundraise and buy py­ja­mas which are then dis­trib­uted to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren through their char­ity part­ners.

The pair have al­ready sent off three bun­dles to dif­fer­ent char­i­ties in Lon­don, Bea­cons­field and High Wy­combe, run by Ac­tion For Chil­dren and The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety.

They orig­i­nally had the idea of set­ting up the or­gan­i­sa­tion at the be­gin­ning of 2015, when they re­alised there were chil­dren in the UK who did not have ac­cess to the soft toys, clean py­ja­mas and one­sies which gave them so much com­fort.

Want­ing to give that feel­ing of warmth to those less for­tu­nate chil­dren, the kind-hearted pair de­cided they wanted to do some­thing, so in sum­mer 2016, af­ter much prepa­ra­tion and hard work, The Py­jama Fund of­fi­cially came to life.

Mum Zoe said: “I’m hugely proud of them. It’s a lovely thing, that they’re so car­ing of other chil­dren. It’s im­por­tant to me and it’s im­por­tant to them to give some­thing back.”

Not only have the two girls built and de­signed the web­site, they also con- tacted char­i­ties and com­pa­nies them­selves ask­ing for py­ja­mas and one­sies, or­gan­ised raf­fles – one of which raised more than £150 – and re­ceived do­na­tions from places stores such as Next and Marks & Spencer.

Lexie said: “We’ve al­ways been into mak­ing projects and want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence and this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity. I’ve told a lot of my friends and they tell me it’s re­ally amaz­ing.

“All the peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to have been re­ally sup­port­ive and think it’s a great idea. I love see­ing some­thing I’ve worked at com­ing to life and know­ing that I’ve helped chil­dren – I love it.”

Lexie added that she was hop­ing to con­tinue with The Py­jama Fund “for a lot more years”.

Visit www.thep­y­ja­ma­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ines (left) and Lexie have launched The Py­jama Fund

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