Sheffield schoolgirl sells painting to help sick children

Kaley Rickett, of Parson Cross, presents  Alan Dallman with her painting
Kaley Rickett, of Parson Cross, presents Alan Dallman with her painting
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A young Sheffield schoolgirl has auctioned a piece of her artwork for more than £100 to help sick children in the city.

Five-year-old Kaley Rickett, of Parson Cross, put her watercolour painting on eBay to raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

She hoped to raise £2 – and was stunned when she received 27 bids, with the final amount reaching £51.

The Mansel Primary School pupil’s painting, called African sunset, was bought by Alan Dallman of Colley Drive, Parson Cross.

He also gave the budding artist the £2 she expected to raise and told her to spend it on herself.

Dad Matthew said as well as selling the painting, Kaley also collected donations – bringing the final amount to more than £107.

He said: “We joked she should sell it and Kaley said she wanted to and to give the money to help poorly children, so we put it on eBay.

“She was hoping for £2, so she has exceeded her expectations.

“Kaley’s mum Natalie and I are so proud of her. We want to thank the people who have donated to it.

“There has been interest from a football club wanting Haley to paint a picture in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which is very exciting. She is a clever and bright girl, who we can see having a very promising future.”