Costessey schoolgirl sells her toys to raise funds for Grenfell Tower
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One of the most valued possessions a child can have is their toy collection. Dolls, action figures, cuddly toys - they all have a special place in a youngster's heart.
But a 10-year-old from Costessey has shown maturity beyond her years by selling all her toys to raise money for the children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Maddie Copland was on holiday with her family at the California Cliffs Holiday Park, when the fire took place, but she wanted to start collecting straight away.
Maddie said: 'I'd heard about all the recent attacks and problems, and I thought people have lost their homes and we still have ours.
'So it was a nice thing to do'.
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Her mum, Sam Copland, runs a Facebook group for holiday-makers at the park. She posted a message drumming up support, and the entertainment manager made an announcement on stage.
Mrs Copland said: 'On the night she managed to collect a decent sum of money but she turned round and said to me: 'I think I can carry on collecting' - and she set herself a target of £200'.
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With the collecting already started Maddie was determined to raise more.
'When we got home she said: 'I think I can sell my toys',' Mrs Copland added.
With the hope of reaching the £200 goal Maddie and her mum went to her school, Costessey Junior, to ask if they would be able to help.
She was offered a free stall at her school's summer fete, to take donations.
But Maddie still wanted to go one step further and sell her toys,
During the sale Maddie was able to add £62 to her total.
Determined to keep going, she got her 12-year-old brother Daniel involved by having him take a collection tin to Red Lodge Karting where he goes go-karting. Her running total is now £279.
Maddie had a message for the children affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
She said: 'I just want to tell any of them, if they'll ever know, that they're people I wish I could help more'.
She added: 'their lives have been really difficult'.
Mrs Copland said that Maddie and Daniel had recently lost their grandfather, in February.
'She has been through a tough time for the last couple of months so for her to be thinking of other people really does make me so proud.'