A kind youngster from South Tyneside was overjoyed to find out she was the winner of this year’s Gazette’s ‘Dear Santa’ competition.
Five-year-old Little Lucy Panton wrote to the Gazette telling us how she donates all her old toys to charity before Santa arrives each Christmas.
The youngster’s letter won her a scooter worth £70 from Conway Cycles in South Shields and she picked up her prize from the store, in Salem Street, – just in time for Christmas.
The competition called on our young readers to tell us why they deserved an extra special gift from Santa by writing a letter starting with ‘I deserve a special gift from Santa because ... ’
Runner-up in the competition was Aaron Bell, 10, from Landseer Gardens, Whiteleas, South Shields.
Lucy wrote about how she sorts through her toys each year in the run-up to Christmas with her mum Lindsey Panton.
They are then given to charity shops.
Mrs Panton, 29, of Sunderland Road, South Shields, said they were surprised and delighted to have won.
She said: “Every year we sort her bedroom out and she likes to give all her old toys and teddies that she doesn’t want to charity shops.
“It is an annual clear-out and we give them to different charity shops on Prince Edward Road, such as Marie Curie.
“We tell her that are going to sort her toys out and she says she likes to ‘give them to the other boys and girls who haven’t got anything’.
Lucy lives with her mum, dad Christopher and brother Jay, nine.
The Harton Primary School pupil is also a keen gymnast and trains twice a week at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields.
Mrs Panton, who works at sandwich shop Munchies in South Shields, added: “She is really pleased with the scooter and it was such a surprise.”