Girl raises hundreds for Sussex hospice

Isla with her handmade Christmas Cards
Isla with her handmade Christmas Cards

A SEVEN year old from Horsham has raised over £200 for charity by selling handmade cards.

The County Times featured Isla Harman of Red Deer Close last September after she raised £270 for the Special Support Centre for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at Desmond Anderson Primary School in Crawley, where her sister Fleur attends.

By selling Christmas cards Isla has raised another £215, which she has decided to donate to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, near Arundel.

Her mum Clare, 35, said that Isla chose the hospice as she has seen first hand the work it does with her younger sister Fleur, who is receiving ‘valuable respite care’ there.

She said: “Isla also benefits from the sibling days the hospice runs. These are vital respite for her to spend quality and fun time with other children who have to deal with the same everyday difficulties of having a sibling with complex learning difficulties and life-threatening epilepsy.”

Clare added that she was ‘so proud of her’ and that Isla is already thinking about which charity to raise funds for next.