Four-year-old Chelsea gives out sweets and chocolates in random acts of kindness to 'put a smile on people's faces'

A kind-hearted Rotherham four-year-old who is raising money for charity has been celebrated as a Little Sunshine by a local supermarket.

By Julia Armstrong
Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 2:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 2:52 pm

Chelsea Ellis from Brinsworth is fundraising for the mental health charity Rethink.

When she asked her mum about why people were sad when coronavirus hit the area, she decided that she wanted to help and try to put smiles on people's faces.

She set herself a challenge of riding 100 miles on her bike during March and April and raising £200. She's now raised over £1,900 and hasn't finished yet.Caroline, Community Champion at Morrisons Catcliffe on Poplar Way, has worked with Chelsea, donating sweets and chocolates for her to give out as random acts of kindness, as well as baking ingredients to help her fundraising efforts.

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The store presented Chelsea with a hamper and certificate to congratulate her on all her hard work.

Chelsea’s mum Keeley Ellis told The Star when she started her challenge that she’d only just learned to ride her bike without stabilisers.

“Chelsea had an amazing response for her last charity event, that she has decided to go for another one,” said Keeley.

“It’s for Rethink Mental Illness and when I was younger before I had Chelsea I suffered really badly and needed their services.

“Chelsea just loves making people happy and when I explained to her what it was she said she definitely wanted to do it and help people who are sad.

“Chelsea wants to do this in order for awareness to be spread and for people who are struggling like mummy did.”

The mum and daughter also did a 100-mile walk for the Bone Marrow Trust in February which raised more than £200.

Morrisons is looking to spread hope in local communities by giving away 2.5 million sunflower seeds to customers in its Seeds of Hope campaign.

Caroline said: “As Community Champion I am also giving away seeds, compost pots and worksheets to local schools, community groups and care homes so that they can be involved.”

You can donate to Chelsea’s appeal at a Facebook page called Chelsea's fundraising for Rethink Mental Illness charity events.

Rethink website: http://www.rethink.org/

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