Girls get baking to cook up cash for charity

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TWO schoolgirls have shown they have hearts of gold after helping boost the funds of a South Tyneside charity.

Maisie Shaw and Olivia Golightly, both 10, put their cake baking and loomband making skills to good use, to raise cash for Cancer Connections.

The charity, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields, offers support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The youngsters hosted their cake and loomband sale at East Boldon Junior School, raising £190.

Maisie, whose grandmother Anne Bengston was supported by the charity after her cancer diagnosis, has been doing what she can in her memory, following her death two years ago, to help the cause by taking part in fundraising events and donating toys to the children’s area of the charity.

Co-founder of the charity Deborah Roberts, said: “It’s so lovely what Maisie and her friend have been doing for Cancer Connections, and everyone here really appreciates everything they have done.

“They have raised a fantastic amount for the charity and their parents must be so proud of them.”

The charity relies heavily on donations to provide its services, which include counselling, bereavement counselling for children, welfare benefit advice and complementary therapies.

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