Dersingham girls’s backing for donkey duo Wiggins and Wacko

Syndey Collins, 10, at Redwings Aylsham ANL-160818-161109001
Syndey Collins, 10, at Redwings Aylsham ANL-160818-161109001

A 10-year-old girl from Dersingham has raised more than six times her original fundraising target by selling things she has made.

Sydney Collins, a pupil at Dersingham Primary School, made it her mission in June to sponsor a donkey after she previously raised £50 to go towards the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Sally Collins, Sydney’s mum, said: “She originally wanted to sponsor a dolphin but that was going to cost about £70 so I said we should choose something a little cheaper and she picked a donkey.”

By making cakes, loom bands and trinkets out of modelling clay, and then selling them, Sydney raised nearly £80 which was much more than the £12.50 she needed to sponsor a donkey at Redwings sanctuary, in Aylsham.

Mrs Collins said that Sydney’s next fundraising task will be to sponsor a dolphin, now that she knows she can raise enough money.

She added: “I am so proud of my daughter, she decided to raise the money all by herself and worked hard making lots of things to sell.

“She really is a little trooper.”

Sydney sold the looms bands and trinkets to friends and family and she was helped by teaching assistant Jenny Hopkins, who joined her in selling the cakes at Dersingham Primary School.

Mrs Collins said: “A big thank you to everyone that bought things from her and to Jenny who helped her with the sale.”

The 10-year-old has since been to Redwings to sponsor and meet the donkey duo, Wiggins and Wacko, as well as some of the other horses there on her visit to the sanctuary on Friday, August 12. The remainder of the money was given to the sanctuary as a donation.

Wiggins was brought to the sanctuary in August 2012 and named after the Olympic cyclist.

Wiggins lives with Wacko, another donkey which was brought to the sanctuary within days of Wiggins. The two are joined on the sanctuary site by Shetland ponies, mules and horses, which can also be sponsored for £12.50 per year.

Sponsorship of an animal at Redwings Sanctuary goes towards its daily care and that of others at the shelter.