Doncaster youngsters praised for street cake stall in aid of hospice

Donating the funds raised from their cake sale are Alice Coen (front left), Lydia Eastwood (front centre), Joseph Coen (front right) and Evan Restell (back centre) with Chris Smith (back left) and Lindsey Richards (back right) from the hospice.
Donating the funds raised from their cake sale are Alice Coen (front left), Lydia Eastwood (front centre), Joseph Coen (front right) and Evan Restell (back centre) with Chris Smith (back left) and Lindsey Richards (back right) from the hospice.

A group of big-hearted school kids sold sweets and cakes in the street to raise a substantial amount of money for a hospice.

After baking their own cakes, siblings Alice and Joseph Coen, aged eight and 11, along with their neighbours Lydia Eastwood, aged nine, and Evan Restell, aged 12, made their own sign and set up shop in their street, selling cakes and sweets to passing motorists.

Their fundraising effort, in the village of Campsall, collected more than £112 for Doncaster’s St John’s Hospice Appeal.

Chris Smith, community fundraiser for the Hospice Appeal, praised the youngsters for their kind-hearted effort.

He added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the hospice.

“These young people gave up a whole day to help others and they really are a credit to their local community.

“Every penny they raised will go towards helping patients who use our hospice services.”

The Balby-based hospice relies heavily on public donations to help meet the £2.7 million annual running costs.

Chris added: “With our fundraisers’ help we are also able to ensure that St John’s has the highest standard of equipment and support services. For example the specialist mattresses which contribute to the well-being and comfort of our patients are so important, as is the flexibility to create special moments in a building where every moment matters.”