Schoolgirl forfeits birthday gifts to help children’s charity

Jaime-Lea presents donation to Shaun on behalf of CHUMS
Jaime-Lea presents donation to Shaun on behalf of CHUMS

A schoolgirl from Potton thought of others when she celebrated her birthday with friends.

Jaime-Lea, 9, decided to ask for £5 donations instead of birthday presents – so that she could make a wonderful donation of £109 to CHUMS, the child bereavement and trauma charity.

Jaime-Lea, who attends Burgoyne Middle School, celebrated her birthday with her friends at a swimming pool party, received support by the CHUMS emotional wellbeing service.

She said: “It helped me so much receiving support from CHUMS that I really wanted to give something back.”

Her parents Lee and Bethany said: “We are so proud of our wonderful daughter for doing this off her own back and raising the excellent sum of £109.”

Jaime-Lea was supported by Shaun, one of the CHUMS family care practitioners who received the donation of behalf of the charity. Shaun’s support allowed Jaime-Lea to feel less anxious and more confident, changing her life for the better.

Dawn Hewitt, CEO of CHUMS said: “Jaime-Lea is a remarkable and inspirational girl. We were so impressed by her selfless behaviour and generosity and certainly won’t forget what she has achieved.”

Taking inspiration from Jaime-Lea, CHUMS has launched a campaign so that anyone can do the same a and make a donation to CHUMS instead of receiving gifts.