Cousin’s cancer tragedy inspires schoolgirl’s fundraiser

Whitburn Village Primary School pupil Lydia Hart is holding a bake sale to raise money

Whitburn Village Primary School pupil Lydia Hart is holding a bake sale to raise money

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A KIND-HEARTED little girl is hoping to raise cash for cancer research by staging a bake sale at her school.

Lydia Hart, nine, was devastated when she lost her cousin, Nathan Latibeaudiere, to blood cancer lymphoma in August last year, aged 27.

More than £12,000 has already been raised in his memory for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Now Lydia hopes to add to that tally by selling cakes to classmates at Whitburn Village Primary School on Monday.

Mum Debra, from South Shields, said: “I don’t know where she got the idea from, but Nathan’s death has preyed on her mind and she talks about him a lot. I think she’s just a helpful little girl in terms of her personality and wanted to do something, especially for his little boy, Leo.”

Lydia approached headteacher Judith Merriman and the school council with her idea and even stood up in assembly to explain why she wanted to do it.

The money raised by Lydia, who has enlisted the help of friends and family to make scores of cakes, will be handed over to the regional branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.