Sweet girl, 9, gives up treats to help pal

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AYOUNG girl with a big heart gave up her favourite sweet things to help her friend’s school.

Brooke Lo­vatt, nine, has grown up with her friend Ge­or­gia Edge, eight, be­cause their mums are best friends.

Ge­or­gia has global de­vel­op­men­tal im­pair­ment which means she can’t sit or walk un­aided with­out special equip­ment. She is a pupil at Park Lane School which caters for chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Brooke, who lives on Bryn­more Drive and at­tends Puss Bank School, wanted to do some­thing to raise money to help her friend, who has to have ex­pen­sive spe­cial­ist equip­ment and toys.

She de­cided to give up all sweets, choco­late, fizzy drinks, cakes and bis­cuits for a month to raise money for Park Lane School.

It was a tough chal­lenge for the sweet-toothed young­ster but she com­pleted it with­out eat­ing a sin­gle thing from banned list.

Her mum Sa­man­tha Jayne Bar­ber put the chal­lenge on Face­book to help raise money.

Now Brooke has col- her lected her sponsor money and pre­sented £350 to the school.

Her mum Sa­man­tha said: “I’m so proud of her. It was such a self­less thing to do.

“She wanted to do some­thing to help Ge­or­gia and we de­cided to give the money to the school so all the chil­dren can ben­e­fit.

“It was a re­ally tough chal­lenge for her – she loves sweets so that was re­ally tough. It was dif­fi­cult at times for her to keep her willpower – like at the school disco when everyone was hav­ing sweets but she had an apple, but she did not give in.

“When she gets some­thing in her head she sticks to it. Brooke was wor­ried her do­na­tion might not go very far, but ev­ery lit­tle helps.”

One of the projects to be funded at Park Lane school is a hy­drother­apy pool.

Ge­or­gia’s mum Sara Edge, of Re­druth Av­enue, said: “I think Brooke is amazing for what she has done. I know Ge­or­gia is very proud of her like I am.”

Brooke Lo­vatt with her friend Ge­or­gia Edge

The me­mo­rial is at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery

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