Rebecca puts sponsorship ahead of birthday presents

Rebecca Brent with St Oswald's fundraiser Lucy Smith.
Rebecca Brent with St Oswald's fundraiser Lucy Smith.

A youngster is putting her birthday celebrations on hold to help raise money for charity.

Instead of presents and money for her birthday, Rebecca Brent is seeking sponsorship to support St Oswald’s Hospice.

I would rather see the money go to charity and be able to help people

Rebecca Brent

The seven-year-old, from Wallsend, is taking part in the St Oswald’s Kaleidoscope 5k colour run on Sunday, June 21, at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton.

Rebecca, who turns eight the day after the run, will complete it with her mum, Debs, aunt, and four friends from St Bernadette’s Primary School in Wallsend.

She has so far raised £355, smashing her £200 target.

Rebecca said: “I asked my family to sponsor me to do the run instead of buying presents.

“I am a bit too old for toys but not yet old enough for make-up, so there isn’t much I really wanted. I would rather see the money go to charity and be able to help people.”

“I have done runs before and enjoy boxing, dancing and gymnastics, but this is the furthest I have ran, so I am a little nervous.

“I also don’t usually like getting messy, but the K5K looks so much fun, I can’t wait to give it a go.”

Her mum Debs said: “Rebecca is a little star. She has taken part in a couple of charity runs with me before and really enjoyed them, so when she heard about the Kaleidoscope 5k, she asked if she could do it for her birthday.

“We are so proud of Rebecca, it’s just like her to do something kind and selfless, and we are so grateful to her friends, family, teachers and school friends who have sponsored her.

“She’s chuffed to bits to be able to help St Oswald’s while celebrating her birthday.”

More than 1,000 participants are expected at the event, which aims to raise £100,000 to help St Oswald’s Hospice provide care to local adults, young people and children.

Lucy Smith, St Oswald’s fundraiser, said: “We are delighted that Rebecca wants to mark her eighth birthday by doing the K5K with her friends and family.

“She’s an amazing little girl to think of others and ask for donations to the Hospice instead of presents, and we are so grateful to her for thinking of us.

“A huge Happy Birthday to Rebecca from everyone at St Oswald’s.”

There are still places available for the Kaleidoscope 5K, which suitable for all ages.

An adult place costs £20, age 15 and under is £10, which includes a white t shirt to wear on the day. Under 5’s go free.

To sign up or find out more, call (0191) 246 9123, visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/lifelist or email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org