Inspirational Claudia raises charity cash

Thirteen years old Claudia Dickinson organises a charity event, held at The Steampacket Inn, Knottingley, that ended up raising �1446.27 for the Rainbows Children's Hospice. Pictured with landlord of The Steampacket, Paul Wood.'p302a321
Thirteen years old Claudia Dickinson organises a charity event, held at The Steampacket Inn, Knottingley, that ended up raising �1446.27 for the Rainbows Children's Hospice. Pictured with landlord of The Steampacket, Paul Wood.'p302a321
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Inspirational teenager Claudia Dickinson has raised almost £3,000 for terminally ill children after organising an all day charity event.

The 13-year-old hosted the barbecue and fundraising day at The Steampacket Inn in Knottingley on May 4.

Claudia was inspired to raise the cash for the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough after seeing it onthe BBC’s Children in Need programme in November.

She raised £1446.27, which is being matched by Marston’s Brewery, which runs the Steampacket Inn.

Claudia, who attends Knottingnley’s De Lacy Academy, said: “I was watching Children in Need and Rainbows seemed like a very good charity to help.I have always thought people need to think about others.”

Hundreds of people visited the pub throughout the day and there was also a charity auction.

Claudia said: “I never expected to go as well as it did. It was brilliant.”

Paul Wood, pub landlord, said: “It was a very busy day and the weather was beautiful which helped a lot.

“For a 13-year-old to come up with the idea and carry it through is truly inspirational.”