‘Mix of adrenaline, excitement and fear’

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A caring young schoolgirl who organised a fundraising event for refugee children after seeing newspaper photographs of a dead Syrian child on a Turkish beach has been thrilled by the response.

Rebecca Kelly, 11, of Heath Road and three of her friends held a dance-a-thon outside Aldi’s on Saturday and raised £95 – just £5 short of their £100 target.

The Linslade Middle School student told the LBO last week: “I got really sad when I saw the pictures and felt I really had to do something to help.”

Her proud mum Karen, a special needs teaching assistant, agreed Rebecca could perform a dance routine and registered with Oxfam and the Red Cross.

She said: “We all had a mixture of adrenaline, excitement and fear before they started. Then the sun broke through and everything warmed up. There was a steady stream of shoppers who were curious to see what it was all about.

“The girls put so much effort into their dancing and one kind man came back twice with a handful of coins. It really was very successful and they all had such fun we’re thinking of doing something similar at Christmas.”

Karen added: “It was a great feeling to know that we’d helped and it was wonderful that so many people got involved. On Saturday night we lit a candle in memory of Aylan Kurdi, the little boy who died. And that seemed a fitting end to the day.”