BUDDING baker Ellie Thompson proved fund-raising is a piece of cake when she raised hundreds of pounds for charity in a matter of minutes.
The 10-year-old Washington schoolgirl raked in more than £470 for Macmillan Cancer Support at a cake sale.
Ellie decided to raise the money after her grandmother, Mary Thompson, of Columbia, Washington, died of cancer aged 64 in January 2013.
The Rickleton Primary School pupil wrote to bosses of Wearside supermarkets asking them to donate cakes to her cause, and asked her headteacher if she could sell them outside the school.
In the youngster’s letter, she wrote: “I’m 10, I recently lost my nana and I want to say thank you to the people who helped.”
Once Ellie had everything in place, she told her surprised mum and dad, Rachaell and Stuart, about what she had planned.
The cake sale, which took place after school, sold out in only 10 minutes, and Rachaell, 38, said it was “fantastic”.
Rachaell, who runs a tanning salon in Broadway, Sunderland, said: “Her nana died of bowel cancer last January.
“She knew what was going on, but a year later, she hadn’t mentioned it, so we didn’t think it was affecting her.
“You have no idea how proud of her I am. She got a bit emotional through middle of the sale, but she was over the moon with the outcome.
“I think she wants to do more fund-raising next year.”
Ellie, from Harraton, said: “My nana passed away in January last year, so I am trying to say thank you to the Macmillan nurses for helping her.
“I was very surprised when I got replies to the letters and that people in could be so generous.
“All of my friends at school thought it was a really good idea.”