A trio of tots are selling their own toys to help raise cash for Leeds General Infirmary’s Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Twins Morgan and Jacob Cartwright, six, and their three-year-old sister Amelia decided to sell their old toys in a yard sale to support the unit, where their mum Lorraine is a nurse.
Lorraine, 41, of The Meadows, Allerton Bywater, said: “They’ve got really involved in the petition signing we’ve done to save the unit and last year we did a tombola to raise cash and my daughter helped with that.
“So she said she wanted to do a toy stall to ‘raise money for where you work’.”
The children have been busily selecting toys, while family and friends have also donated items and cakes for the sale, which will take place in the front garden at the family home on Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10.
Lorraine added: “I told them they should be really proud of themselves, it’s really nice that they want to do something. Every day they’ve been in their playroom sorting out their toys.”
She said she had been “quite shocked” at how brutal the youngsters were willing to be.
“I have asked them a few times, ‘can you really bear to part with that?’ and they are just great about it,” she added.
Lorraine, along with her husband Martin, 46, have been involved in the campaign to save LGI’s children’s heart surgery unit, which has been under threat of closure as part of a long-running national review of services.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt suspended the review in June, following an independent report, which found the review process – which decided surgery in Leeds should end – was found to be flawed.
Martin, who is a locksmith, is also giving a donation to the fund for locks he fits, to help swell the coffers.
The sale will take place in the family’s front garden from 10.30am to 12.30pm both days, and items for sale include dolls, soft toys, games, action figures, baby toys and books.