Little chef’s big effort for Smile Train charity

Burton Latimer little girl makes cake for charity: Kimberley Walton, five.'24/01/12
Burton Latimer little girl makes cake for charity: Kimberley Walton, five.'24/01/12

She may only be small, but a dedicated five-year-old pulled off a huge fundraising effort for a good cause.

Kimberley Walton, five, of Church Street, Burton Latimer, managed to raise £175 by baking cakes and selling them for cleft lip surgery charity Smile Train.

The money raised will mean that one child will benefit from surgery, after the youngster got the idea to help out the charity from seeing a donation plea from Smile Train in a magazine.

Her mother Kerry, 39, said: “She saw the advert in a magazine and she turned to us and said she wanted to help give the girl in the plea her smile back.

“I’m really proud of her, and its so nice that she wanted to help out someone else.

“Initially, we hoped to raise around £60 for antibiotics, and it costs £150 to do a complete surgery.

“To raise £175 was a brilliant achievement and to be honest we were not expecting to get to that amount.

“She can be very proud of herself.”

Kimberley is currently in Year 1 at Cranford Primary School, in Church Lane, Kettering.

The youngster started planning her fundraising efforts in the autumn, and she sold her own confectionery and a Christmas cake at a festive event at the primary school in December for both pupils and teachers.

She had her own stand at the event, and various activities, such as guess the weight of the Christmas cake, also boosted her fundraising.

Kimberley’s efforts did not go unnoticed at the school and she was given a certificate to mark her achievements.

Ms Walton added: “My daughter is a really caring person and always wants to help others out.

“We’ve all had a lot of fun raising the money and baking the cakes.

“She’s going to be concentrating on her schoolwork for the next few months, but I wouldn’t rule out any more fundraising.”

After totalling it up recently, Kimberely now hopes to hand over the money to the charity as soon as possible.

Smile Train is a charity which helps out disadvantaged children by trying to make cleft lip surgery possible for youngsters.