This big-hearted Sunderland girl’s work has won her national praise

Megan Peacock, 11, with her Diana Champion Fundraiser award.
Megan Peacock, 11, with her Diana Champion Fundraiser award.
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MEGAN Peacock’s huge heart has won her national praise.

The Sunderland schoolgirl was barely walking when her fund-raising efforts began, and since then, the 11-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for dozens of charities.

Now, after being nominated by staff at Richard Avenue Primary School, the Millfield youngster has been awarded the Diana Champion Fund-raiser Award.

Proud mum Tracey, said she has lost count of the number of charities Megan has raised money for through sponsored events.

She said: “Every year we do the Race for Grace and have done since Megan was in a pushchair. I think that must have been where she picked up the fund-raising bug.

“She throws herself into any charity event. Luckily, family, friends and work colleagues are very supportive and just ask ‘what’s she doing now?’ when we turn up with sponsorship forms.

“Her teachers asked me to calculate how much she has raised, but I really couldn’t because there has been so many different things. It must easily be a few thousand pounds.”

The Diana Champion Fund-raiser Award is given to young people who have dedicated themselves to raising money for worthy causes.

Among the list of charities Megan, who has just started St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, has supported are Grace House, Action Duchene, St Benedict’s Hospice, Cancer Research, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Action Aid, to name a few.

Each year she fills several shoeboxes with items for youngsters living in poverty as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Tracey, 41, said she and her husband, Robert, who both work for Sunderland City Council, are proud of the work Megan has done.

She said: “We were over the moon when she got the award. She doesn’t do it for the praise, but it is lovely for her to be recognised.

“She is very kind-hearted. If she thinks she can help anyone then she’s happy and she can’t walk past a charity box without putting some money in.”

Teachers at Richard Avenue said they nominated Megan because she goes the extra mile for others.