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5th Jul, 2022

Caring youngster selling her toys to raise money for families of Manchester victims

A CARING youngster is spending half term selling her toys to raise money for those affected by the Manchester attack.

Instead of spending her week off school playing in the park, eight year-old Ruby Lambert has set up shop outside the front of her home on Holly Walk.

The St Gregory’s School pupil has laid out her toys on a blanket and is selling them to supporters and passers-by to raise money for victims and their families.

Mum Laura Murphy told the Observer: “I let her watch some of the footage from the Manchester attack as I feel we can’t shelter our children from everything.

“She said she wanted to help as some people have lost people they love.”

And loss is something which Ruby understands, as her dad died in tragic circumstances when she was just four years-old.

Laura added: “Ruby suddenly lost her own father just over four years ago so she knows how painful losing a loved one is and empathises.

“She still always puts others first. I am hugely proud of her.”

Since Laura posted about the stall on Facebook the youngster has been inundated with support from residents keen to help raise money.

So far she has some £100 and plans to keep her makeshift toy shop open for the rest of half term.

Hundreds of people have liked the post online, and many have commented to say how inspirational the youngster is.

Laura said: “ I’m shocked by the amount of comments she’s had and also people coming out and chatting to each other. It’s brilliant.”

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