It's a happy toy story as Aaliyah, six, sings to bring cheer to children in King's Lynn hospital
A six-year-old girl has been pounding village streets and singing her heart out to make Christmas special for children who are stuck in hospital this festive season.
Aaliyah Hamed saw an appeal for presents for children who will be in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Christmas Day and decided to act.
Supported by her mum Charmaine Burns and aunt Kassie Burns, Aaliyah decided to raise money to buy as many presents as she could and for five days she walked the streets of Leverington and Emneth as well as visiting local pubs and restaurants.
She carried a poster explaining what she was doing and a bucket for donations and she sang from 4.30pm until 7pm, finishing in time to take her money to either B&Ms or Tesco to buy toys.
Last Friday night Aaliyah was invited to sing for patrons enjoying a Christmas party at the Barn Restaurant in Terrington St John, adding to her amazing effort, which has seen nearly £300 raised and more than 30 presents bought.
Kassie said: “She has been absolutely amazing, she was determined to raise as much as possible and would just keep walking and singing even though it was obvious she was getting tired.
“As soon as she saw the appeal on television she turned to my sister and said ‘I want to buy presents for the poorly children’. We racked our brains to come up with a simple way for her to raise money, and that’s why she has been singing carols.
“Everyone has been very supportive of Aaliyah and she is very excited about the number of presents she has managed to buy – so we would like to say thank-you to everyone who has donated, hopefully it will make the children in hospital this Christmas smile.”
Aaliyah plans to continue her fundraising today when she will use the money to buy sweets and biscuits as treats for the residents of the Chestnuts Care Home in Norwich Road, Wisbech which looked after her uncle.