Why Rebecca is fundraising for Syrian children

Linslade schoolgirl Rebecca Kelly, 11, who hs organised a dance fundraiser for Syrian children
Linslade schoolgirl Rebecca Kelly, 11, who hs organised a dance fundraiser for Syrian children

A caring Linslade schoolgirl was so devastated by newspaper photographs of a dead Syrian child washed up on a Turkish beach that she immediately asked her mother what they could do for other refugee children.

Rebecca Kelly, 11, of Heath Road said: “I got really sad when I saw the pictures and wanted to do something in baby Aylan Kurdi’s memory.

“I felt I really had to do something to help, so I asked my Mum if we could do some fundraising.”

The Linslade Middle School student – a talented member of Leighton Buzzard’s Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools – decided she’d like to perform a dance.

Her mum Karen, a special needs teaching assistant, admitted: “At first I was shocked – I said ‘Dance in public?’

“But she was adamant about the idea and quickly started putting a routine together. She hasn’t stopped rehearsing since.

“We’ve registered with the Red Cross and Oxfam fundraising teams and we hope people will come and join in with some dance fun.”

Rebecca – who has a 20-year-old sister, Dominique, and two teenage brothers, Josh and Harry – will be performing outside Aldi’s at 2pm on Saturday, October 3.

Her best friend Alice Wall will be joining her and they hope to raise £100.

Proud Karen said: “I’m so pleased that Rebecca has an awareness of what’s happening in the world and wants to help.

“She’s now part of a fundraising team and hopes to continue raising money and awareness.”

> The picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi brought home the full heartbreak of the Syrian tragedy. He, his mother and brother drowned when their boat capsized en route to the Greek island of Kos.