Seven-year-old gives up birthday gifts to raise £250 for Aberdeen Cyrenians

Seven-year-old gives up birthday gifts to raise £250 for Aberdeen Cyrenians

Ella with  Jennifer McAughtrie, head of services, Aberdeen Cyrenians.

When Ella Couper invited her pals to her 7th birthday party this year, she asked them to bring a donation for Aberdeen Cyrenians instead of a birthday present.

The young philanthropists’ selfless request has helped raise £250 for local charity Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Aberdeen Cyrenians has supported some of the North-East of Scotland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded people for over 50 years.

Amidst a cost-of-living crisis, and a surge in demand of the charity’s services, many people are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices. This thoughtful donation made by choice is a wonderful reflection of solidarity and compassion, prioritising people, and community, and showing that every act of kindness counts.

Receiving the money from Ella at the Direct Access Services on Summer Street, Jennifer McAughtrie, Head of Services, Aberdeen Cyrenians, said: “It is heart-warming to see someone as young as Ella actively getting involved in fundraising to support vulnerable people in our community.

The funds raised by Ella will go towards helping people in the North-east faced by an increasing risk of crisis. We have always been grateful for the true community spirit in the North-east by all generations. Thank you so much.”

Ella Couper said: “We are so lucky that we have a home, our comfy beds to sleep in and lots of different types of food. I thought if we have more money to give to a homeless charity, they would be much happier. Homelessness is VERY important.”

Louise Couper, Ella’s mother, added: “We are beyond proud of Ella!”

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