Fundrais­ing four-year-old proves a p-p-per­fect friend

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A four-year old-girl donned a pen­guin cos­tume for seven hours to raise funds for her school friend who is al­ler­gic to the sun.

Beatrice My­ers has raised an im­pres­sive £550 for the Ted­ding­ton Trust, a char­ity set up by the fam­ily of Ed­di­son Miller, from Kingsnorth, who has the rare con­di­tion xe­ro­derma pig­men­to­sum (XP).

As a re­sult, Ed­di­son can’t go out­side in sun­light with­out pro­tec­tive cloth­ing as his skin is in­tol­er­ant to ul­travi­o­let rays.

Sue My­ers, Beatrice’s mum, said: “We met Ed­di­son’s fam­ily through church and Beatrice and Ed­di­son be­came good friends.

“They now go to the same school, Kingsnorth Pri­mary.

“They held an as­sem­bly about Lit­tle Teds and Beatrice came home and said she would like to raise funds to send one.”

One of the projects set up by the Ted­ding­ton Trust, Lit­tle Ted, sees story books, writ­ten by Ed­di­son’s mum, Ni­cola, and ted­dies wear­ing be­spoke UV re­ac­tive cloth­ing, sent to chil­dren around the world who also have XP.

The money raised by Beatrice at a cake sale held at Tesco, Park Farm, which also saw her wear the pen­guin out­fit, will en­able two packs to be sent.

Mrs My­ers added: “In­clud­ing on­line do­na­tions Beatrice man­aged to raise £550, smash­ing her orig­i­nal tar­get of £180 and her next tar­get of £360. “We are so proud of her. “Beatrice ac­tu­ally ended up wear­ing her out­fit for just over seven hours!”

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4224548

Four-year-old Beatrice My­ers dressed as a pen­guin to raise money for the Ted­ding­ton Trust

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