Why Yaavi is ‘a lit­tle girl with a big heart’

Five-year-old wants char­ity do­na­tions for birth­day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Lois Swin­ner­ton lois.swin­ner­ton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NOR­MALLY a five-yearold’s birth­day list would be brim­ming with the lat­est toys and ted­dies, but char­ity do­na­tions? No, that is cer­tainly not a com­mon re­quest.

How­ever, for her fifth birth­day, Yaavi Bhan­dari has asked for those com­ing along to do­nate to the NSPCC rather than bring­ing her presents.

Yaavi, from North­wood wrote “no gifts” on the front of her in­vites, with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing note on the back say­ing: “but if you would like to make a donation to the NSPCC I have in­cluded an en­ve­lope”.

The five-year-old’s par­ents, Mon­ica and Par­min­der, said they are proud of her de­ci­sion.

Yaavi was in­spired by the nephew of a fam­ily friend.

Her mum, Mon­ica said: “Her ac­tual birth­day was on De­cem­ber 27 and she re­ceived presents from her dad and me as well as other fam­ily mem­bers but it is a big deal for a fiveyear-old not to get presents from their friends at their birth­day party.

“We’re very proud of her.”

Around 50 chil­dren were ex­pected to at­tend the party at Moor Park Golf Club in Hert­ford­shire on Jan­uary 8. Yaavi’s mum said her daugh­ter just wants to help out chil­dren who are not as lucky as her.

The NSPCC is a char­ity which pro­vides help and sup­port for chil­dren who have been abused, pro­tects those at risk and works on ways of pre­vent­ing child abuse from hap­pen­ing.

“The NSPCC is a char­ity I have al­ways sup­ported and I ex­plained to her in a child-friendly way what it does” says Mon­ica.

“She un­der­stands she is very lucky and that there are other chil­dren out there who are less for­tu­nate than her.

“I’ve had lots of pos­i­tive feed­back from the par­ents.

“Most of them im­pressed Yaavi de­cided to do this.”

Yaavi’s birth­day re­quest has been in­spired by a fam­ily friend’s 10-year-old nephew who, for the last five years, re­quested for

To sac­ri­fice her birth­day presents to raise money for the NSPCC and help oth­ers is an amaz­ing thing to do”

are has char­ity do­na­tions rather than re­ceiv­ing presents.

Haylee Smith, com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager for North Lon­don’s NSPPC branch said: “Yaavi is a lit­tle girl with a big heart.

“To sac­ri­fice her birth­day presents to raise money for the NSPCC and help oth­ers is an amaz­ing thing to do.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful to Yaavi. Her gen­eros­ity will help us with our fight for ev­ery child­hood.”

‘SHE UN­DER­STANDS SHE IS VERY LUCKY’: Yaavi’s mum Mon­ica says she is proud of her daugh­ter

THOUGHT­FUL: Yaavi Bhan­dari, five, is ask­ing peo­ple to make a char­ity donation for her birth­day

BIRTH­DAY GIRL: Yaavi Bhan­dari with her fam­ily

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