Sheffield schoolgirl sells toys for hospital

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A nine-year-old Sheffield schoolgirl has raised funds for the hospital where she was treated by clearing out her bedroom and selling off old clothes and toys.

Olivia Foster raised more than £260 in a bric-a-brac sale at her home which attracted more than 50 bargain hunters.

And more than 60 deliveries were made to people who pre-ordered the fundraiser’s homemade fudge and cakes.

Olivia has undergone three operations for grommets and adenoids at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s ear, nose and throat unit.

The money she has raised will go to the Children’s Hospital Charity.

Olivia, from Stannington, said: “Every time I have been to the hospital, everyone has been nice and kind so I wanted to do something to help the hospital.

“We did something like this a few years ago and managed to raise £150. This year I even cleared my clothes and Barbies to sell.”

Olivia’s mum, Michelle Foster, a clinical scientist at the hospital, said: “I am extremely proud of Olivia.

“She is naturally a kind and caring girl who loves to get alongside people and help them.”

David Vernon-Edwards, hospital charity director, said: “It is wonderful to hear such a heart-warming story.

“Olivia is an inspiration, as everything we do at the charity is to help our patients and their families such as Olivia.”