CELEBRATIONS were in order as an Earlswood schoolgirl was handed a prestigious honour by the MS Society.
Darcie Janes was awarded a Young Fundraiser award at the special ceremony in London for all her hard work to raise funds in honour of her mum who has the disease.
The 11-year-old was one of three young fundraisers to be recognised in the category.
Darcie said: “I feel really proud. This means a lot to me because I wasn’t expecting it at all. I’ve really enjoyed today and the best thing about it has been meeting new people and making new friends.”
When Darcie heard that her dad, Scott, was going to run the London Marathon last year to raise money for people affected by MS, she decided to help him reach his target.
After seeing the Cake Break fundraising campaign advertised on the MS Society’s website, Darcie decided to hold a bake sale in her local church hall.
In hope of raising as much money as she could, Darcie arranged a host of extra activities including a bake-off competition, raffle and games.
She also posted handwritten letters to local businesses and the Solihull Round Table, securing donations of refreshments and raffle prizes.
Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of the MS Society, said: “Our three young fundraiser finalists have all achieved so much, and at such a young age, that we couldn’t separate them with one outright winner.
“We’re very proud of Darcie and she absolutely deserves this recognition.”