Whitley Bay’s Hannah is helping grand planting plan

Nine-year-old Hannah Warburton from Whitley Bay.
Nine-year-old Hannah Warburton from Whitley Bay.

A nine-year-old girl from Whitley Bay has used her pocket money to sponsor a butterfly-friendly shrub that will be planted around the soon to be opened headquarters of a national charity.

The Caudwell International Children’s Centre will be the new HQ of Caudwell Children, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

It will be the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

When Hannah Warburton heard of the charity’s ambitious plan to plant 1,000 trees and shrubs around the new state-of-the-art centre, in Keele, North Staffordshire, she felt compelled to sponsor a plant as she was diagnosed with autism in 2017.

She is no newcomer to fund-raising as she set-up Hannah’s Helping Hand in June 2015.

She supports a different charity once a month and with help from her mum, Katy, she documents her hard work on her blog and social media pages in order to inspire other people to do good deeds.

This includes activities such as sponsored walks for the Alzheimer’s Society and making and selling worry dolls for the Young Minds Trust.

Hannah’s hard work has not gone unnoticed and she has received the Points of Light award from Prime Minister Theresa May. This initiative recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community.

Katy said: “I’m extremely proud of Hannah. She leads the way – she is the one who decides what charities she wants to support.

“She is a force of nature, very determined, and always puts others before herself.”

Hannah added: “It’s really important that there is a dedicated centre where children, like myself, can get support so I’m happy to sponsor a plant.”

For more information about Caudwell Children’s 1,000 Trees campaign, call Andy Bailey on 01782 600867.

To visit Hannah’s blog, go to https://hannahshelpinghand.wordpress.com