Charity fundraiser

Eight-year-old animal lover Nicole Janes of Linslade
Eight-year-old animal lover Nicole Janes of Linslade

An eight-year-old animal lover from Linslade who made a New Year resolution to collect donations for Hula Animal Rescue in Aspley Guise has achieved her ambition.

Nicole Janes of Waterloo Road – who’s in Year 3 at The Mary Bassett Lower School – went to a summer fete at the charity last year and was so impressed by their hard work that she decided to help.

Her mum Zoe said: “She saw just what it takes to save and rehome the animals and mentioned it to her class teacher, who told her to speak to headmaster Mr Hewitt.

“The following morning he held an assembly at which Nicole asked the whole school to help her reach her goal.

“She left a bag on the stage for donations and within a couple of weeks she had two black sacks full of items from beds to bowls and from toys to treats. After four weeks there were four bags from staff and pupils alike.”
Zoe rang Hula to tell them about her daughter’s efforts and they were as delighted as she was.

She said: “The staff were over the moon and very gratefuil to Nicole.

“They arranged for her to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the centre and she was absolutely thrilled.”
“She’s such a thoughtful and caring girl and as her mum, I’m so proud.

“She amazed me by arranging all this herself – she’s one in a million.”
Nicole told the LBO: “I had the idea because we were getting some new kittens and it made me think of all the animals at Hula who don’t have a home.

“I would love to carry on helping to make animals’ and peoples’ lives better. I love fundraising, it’s one of my favourite things.”
She added: “When I’m older I hope I can do bigger things and make better changes.”

Hula spokeswoman Nicola Leach said: “It’s heart-warming to hear of Nicole’s efforts and her dedication to help animals. The fact that her school got behind her as well is an added bonus. We’re so grateful – and inspired!”