An inspirational schoolgirl is helping to make a difference to sick children and their families.
Hannah Warburton has spent the last two years dedicating her time outside the classroom to help others – raising more than £2,000 on her own.
The seven-year-old, from Whitley Bay, has been supporting The Sick’s Children Trust by raising funds and donating gifts to families with seriously ill children at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital.
She set up Hannah’s Helping Hand after being inspired by her older brother Adam, who has spent a lot of time in hospital because of cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Hannah said: “I love my brother Adam so much and wanted to help in some way, and I thought raising money for poorly children was something I could do.
“I just want to help people. Everyone will need a helping hand and I want to be there for as many people as I can.”
Mum Katy, who supports Hannah with her fund-raising activities, said: “Hannah loves doing her bit for others; it just seems to be who she is.
“She enjoys choosing charities and dreaming up new ways to help. She would do twice as much as she already does but has to fit in school sometimes!
“She doesn’t show any signs of slowing down and her total raised is now over £2,000.
“Not only does Hannah’s fund-raising help many others, it also helps Hannah a lot.
“As she gets older we tell her more about her brother’s disabilities and she takes it all in her stride. Her brother has been a huge motivation for her to fund-raise – she would do anything for Adam.
“The reason Hannah chose The Sick Children’s Trust was because her baby cousin spent several weeks in hospital and we talked about what we, as a family, have needed during the times Adam has been in hospital for long stays.
“So Hannah decided she would fund-raise for the Homes from Home in Newcastle and help families with seriously ill children stay together.”
The Sick Children’s Trust has 10 Homes from Home across the country.
The charity runs Scott House at Freeman Hospital and Crawford House at the RVI in Newcastle.
The Sick Children’s Trust Scott House manager, Andrew Leadbitter, said: “When we heard about Hannah and all she had been doing, we were absolutely thrilled she chose to fundraise for us.
“She brightened up so many families’ days when she visited Scott House and went to Crawford House with arms full of gifts which she had been busily collecting over the last couple of months.
“It was a lovely moment to see such thoughtfulness and generosity.
“Hannah is a true inspiration and has made a difference to so many families who have seriously ill children in hospital, and we can’t thank her enough for that.
“We wish Hannah all the best with her future in fundraising – we know she’ll make a difference to thousand more people.”
To find out more about Hannah’s Helping Hand, visit: www.hannahshelpinghand.wordpress.com
For further information about The Sick Children’s Trust, please visit http://www.sickchildrenstrust.org/