Sheffield schoolgirl helps the horses

Storm Burgess gets to meet Fergus and the other horses as a thank you for the pocket money she donated to the Alberts Horse Sanctuary
Storm Burgess gets to meet Fergus and the other horses as a thank you for the pocket money she donated to the Alberts Horse Sanctuary
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A kind-hearted Sheffield youngster has saved up her pocket money to pay for the care of animals in need.

Storm Burgess, aged 10, did odd jobs around the house and carried out a sponsored bun bake to raise money for the Alberts Horse Sanctuary in Barnsley.

The Darnall schoolgirl has put others first despite a range of medical problems, including suffering from a nasty cough for seven years and having a serious eye condition which could lead to her losing her sight.

Her proud mum, Tracy, of Darnall, said Storm chose to help the Cawthorne-based horse sanctuary after seeing an appeal for help in The Star.

“She put in her weekly pocket money and did jobs around the house to earn extra money,” she said.

“She also did a sponsored bun bake where she baked 50 buns in two hours - she managed to get £138 in sponsors alone. She then sold the buns she made to make more money and altogether she raised £230.”

Storm also had the support of Morrisons and Tesco, which both provided vouchers or fruit and veg to help feed the animals.

She made her donation to the cause in person and Tracy said Storm loved every minute.

“She spent two hours at the sanctuary and loved all the animals,” she said.

“She was so proud of herself when a truck full of hay turned up at the farm that was paid for out of the money she raised.

“She fell in love with a horse called Fergus and the Hepworth family, which runs the sanctuary, sent her out an adoption pack for him as a thanks for what she did.

“I can’t tell you as her mum how unbelievably proud of her I am, she’s a true inspiration and makes me and her dad burst with pride.

“She’s animal mad and has been a vegetarian for three years.”

This is not the first time Storm has raised money for good causes. She has also supported a number of other animal charities including the RSPCA, Sheffield Cats Shelter and Rain Rescue.