Poppy and Megan keep on raising cash to boost Asthma charity

PUBLISHED: 13:40 23 July 2015

Twelve-year-old fundraisers Poppy and Megan

Twelve-year-old fundraisers Poppy and Megan


Tragic death of school friend prompted 12 year olds to start fundraising

Two tireless charity fundraisers have been rewarded for their efforts in raising cash for Asthma UK – and they’re only 12.

Poppy Witham and Megan Baseby have been recognised with a grant from the Jack Petchey Award youth charity for their community work and will use the money to arrange more events to raise even more charity cash.

The girls, who go to the Priory School in Orpington, began fundraising three years ago while at Warren Road Primary School following the tragic death of their school friend 10-year-old Olivia Dennis from asthma at her home in March, 2013.

Poppy, Megan and their classmates immediately set to work raising money for Asthma UK. They raised thousands of pounds in the year following Olivia’s tragic death.

And their good work continues.

Proud mum Ruth Williams said: “They have held numerous charity events from ice cream sales to cake sales to the sale of ribbons, all to raise funds for Asthma UK. They have also held “awareness” assemblies throughout their school with hope that other people don’t suffer the heartbreak that they did from losing such a dear friend.

“Last week, the girls asked Olivia’s mother Lisa and Rebecca, a representative from Asthma UK, to come the Priory School and handed them a cheque for £804 which they raised in the last eight weeks of school.”

She added: “Without their dedication, the support of all their school friends and the teaching staff, in particular Miss Osei Tutu the girls’ tutor, this would not have been possible.”

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