Harley’s special gifts made a difference

Six-year-old Harley Lowndes with his mum Sara
Six-year-old Harley Lowndes with his mum Sara
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A six-year-old boy who wanted to help children who wouldn’t be getting many Christmas presents ended up collecting five binbags full.

Harley Lowndes held a party for his Linchfield County Primary School classmates and everyone attending donated a gift which went to children living with their mothers at the Peterborough Women’s Shelter.

His mum Sara, who runs The Party Princess business from their home in Swift Close, Deeping St James, said she thought it unusual for someone so young to be so caring.

“It started from an advert Harley saw on television about poor children in Africa who wouldn’t be getting anything - he said he’d really like to help. I suggested that he might help children closer to home,” Sara said.

Their original idea was to collect presents for children at the city hospital but further thought came up with the idea of children whose mothers had fled their homes.

Sara said: “We thought that children in hospital would get lots of presents whereas these other children wouldn’t.”

They held a disco party at The Green School in Market Deeping on December 22 and, having been in touch with the refuge, gave out gift tags for presents for children aged from five months to eight years old.

Children’s entertainer Ben, of Signature Disco’s, gave his services for free and Party Mascots of Bourne donated a Christmas Mickey Mouse costume. Every family took a plate of food and the children enjoyed games and sweets.

Sara said:“Someone from the refuge came and fetched the presents on Christmas Eve. They couldn’t believe how much we had collected. I am just so proud of my little boy for wanting to make a difference at such a young age.”