‘I will be baking cakes every Monday to feed the homeless’ - 11-year-old Litcham School pupil bids to help the hungry

Maisie Moody (right) pictured at the 24 hour dance-athon for the Air Ambulance at Dance with Me Acad

Maisie Moody (right) pictured at the 24 hour dance-athon for the Air Ambulance at Dance with Me Academy in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An eleven year old student at Litcham School is planning to use her summer holidays to help treat the homeless by baking cakes for them.

Maisie Moody wrote a letter asking for cake ingredients from her teachers at Litcham School. Picture

Maisie Moody wrote a letter asking for cake ingredients from her teachers at Litcham School. Picture: Litcham School - Credit: Archant

Teachers at the school learnt of Maisie Moody's summer plans when she delivered a hand written note to her teachers asking for donations in the form of cake ingredients.

In the letter Maisie writes: 'I will be baking cakes every Monday in the summer holidays to help feed the homeless, as I have noticed the homeless don't get special treats like we do.'

The school shared the letter on social media and soon after announced that Tesco in Swaffham has offered to get involved and donated to the good cause.

The youngster is no stranger to contributing to charitable causes, having previously taken part in a 24-hour danceathon to raise money for the East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) to thank them for saving her father who was caught in a major car accident in 2015.


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Maisie's mother, Lisa Moody, said she thinks that her daughter's latest idea was inspired by a recent trip to London.

She said: 'It was during a trip to London that Maisie noticed the number of people, including children, that were sleeping rough and she began to ask why.

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'Later we were doing a list of what she wants to do over the summer holidays and she asked if she could make cakes, I said we would do that anyway but that was when she said she wanted to hand them out to the homeless.

'It isn't really something we expected her to say and as a parent you want your child to be safe and away from that other side of life but on the other hand it is good for her to see it and understand it so we made arrangements through the charity The People's Picnic.'

The People's Picnic is a grass-roots organisation that works across Norfolk to serve home-cooked meals and other food to the homeless every Tuesday and Saturday. Maisie will bake cakes on Monday and help to hand them out every Tuesday throughout the summer.

'She did want to pay for the ingredients herself,' said Mrs Moody. 'But when she counted how much money she had she realised it wouldn't be enough so, as well as asking family, she decided to write a letter to her teachers to ask for support.'

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