Donside girl waives gifts in aid of charity

Local girl Mollie Alexander, aged eight, decided to forego birthday presents at her party last week and instead asked those attending to make a donation to charity, resulting in �175 being raised for Befriend A Child.
Local girl Mollie Alexander, aged eight, decided to forego birthday presents at her party last week and instead asked those attending to make a donation to charity, resulting in �175 being raised for Befriend A Child.

One Donside girl has raised valuable money for a local charity by asking friends to donate instead of buying her a birthday present.

Mollie Alexander, 8, from Elrick, decided that this year she would forgo her birthday gifts and instead ask the friends and classmates attending her tubing party at Alford Ski Centre to make a donation to local charity Befriend A Child, which works with vulnerable and underprivileged youngsters in Aberdeen. Her generosity saw £175 raised for the organisation.

Mollie’s proud mother, Deborah, said the youngster had been particularly touched by Befriend A Child’s ‘Turn a Frown Upside Down’ motto and logo, and decided that it would be a good local project to support.

Deborah said: “It was Mollie’s own idea to ask people not to give her presents this year as she knows there are children out there who have very little and who could really benefit from help.

“She looked into possible charities to raise funds for instead and was really taken with the Befriend A Child logo. When we explained to her the services that Befriend A Child provides she decided that was who she wanted to help out and she was delighted with the support shown by her friends and classmates for her idea.”

Andrew Reid, community fundraiser with Befriend A Child, added: “We were really touched by Mollie’s gesture. It was wonderful to see someone so young thinking of other less fortunate children and putting their needs before her own.”