Emily, 7, gives don­key char­ity a fund­ing boost

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KATE PUTTICK

AN an­i­mal-lov­ing seven-year-old is cooking up a storm for a don­key char­ity.

Ivy Bank pupil and horse-fan Emily Heath­cote was de­lighted to re­ceive the gift of an adopted don­key named Toby from her aunty Jackie Bag­nall this Christ­mas.

But af­ter her first visit to meet her new charge, Emily was shocked by how much fund­ing was needed to keep mules like Toby in hay and medicine and put a roof over their heads.

The en­ter­pris­ing year six stu­dent, who has autism and will be start­ing sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion at a spe­cial school in Leek next year, has now made it her mission to raise funds for the cen­tre, cap­i­tal­is­ing on her cooking skills and sell­ing crispy cakes to fam­ily, class­mates and neigh­bours.

Emily, who lives on the We­ston with mum Vicky and dad, Simon, has raised £70 this week, and or­ders for the cake are com­ing thick and fast.

Vicky, 43, said: “Autism suf­fer­ers of­ten feel a spe­cial con­nec­tion with an­i­mals and Emily is no dif­fer­ent in that way.

“Since she was lit­tle Emily has shown a love for an­i­mals – I re­mem­ber how her grandma used to be ter­ri­fied of spi­ders and Emily would beg her not to put them out of the win­dow.”

Vicky, who works in Macclesfield In­door Mar­ket, added: “Emily has loved horses since a friend of hers let her ride on their one a few years ago.

“She goes along to the Mini Sad­dle Club ev­ery few weeks in Car­ring­ton.

“It would be won­der­ful if she could own a horse one day, but in the mean­time Toby is a great sub­sti­tute.”

Emily and Vicky were also pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive an anony­mous do­na­tion through their let­ter box from a kindly donor.

The money has been do­nated to the Manch­ester Don­key Sanc­tu­ary in Abbey Hey, an in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity that aims to pro­tect don­keys and mules and pro­mote their wel­fare world­wide.

For more in­for­ma­tion about how you can help the char­ity visit: the­do­n­key­sanc­tu­ary.org. uk/con­tact/manch­ester.

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●» Emily Heath­cote, seven, with Toby the don­key

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