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Blog: Young fundraiser gets creative to help older people

Published on 29 June 2020 01:57 PM

We’ve been overwhelmed and inspired by the number of younger people voicing concerns about the impact of coronavirus on those who are older, and coming up with innovative ways to raise awareness and funds to help them.

We were delighted to be sent this story from 12-year-old Maya Rose Hepburn from Clarkston, who decided to sell her art collection to help raise money for vulnerable older people at this difficult time. 

What inspired you and why did you decide to sell your art collection?

"I wanted to help old people because I've seen how tough it is going through this time alone. Dad and I deliver shopping to an old woman every week and it makes me feel so sad. I wanted to raise money and my family encouraged me to sell my art collection. I also think that a bright piece of artwork in someone's house can make them smile."

Why did you choose to raise money for Age Scotland's COVID appeal?

"I knew I wanted to help old people, and when my mum mentioned this charity, I knew this was the right one to pick."

How much did you raise and plans for any more fundraising?

"I raised £170, and adding on Gift Aid it came to £212! I'm working on some more art pieces right now, and planning on doing it again during the school summer holidays. I might find another charity who I think needs it the most at that time."

A word from Maya’s mum, Heather:

"Maya has always been an incredibly caring person, always wanting to help those in need. She makes up and delivers food bags to homeless people every Christmas, and can't walk past someone sitting on the street without asking for money to give to them (she gives her own when she has any!).

"She's done stalls before to raise money for charity but was selling food and lemonade back then – something that wouldn't really work at the moment. She draws or paints every single day, and we thought the rainbow themed artwork might go down well right now.

"She sold all 12 pieces in less than 3 hours – everyone was so kind! Loads of generous people threw cash into her tub as they walked by, not wanting to take anything in return. Others stopped their cars and vans to buy her art – it was amazing. I've promised to post on the 'I love Clarkston' Facebook group when she's doing another, as there were loads of people keen to support her next time, which is just lovely!"

Feeling inspired?

The generosity, kindness and compassion shown by fundraisers like Maya has been amazing during what has undoubtedly been a difficult time for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of older people.

More young people than ever are reaching out to Age Scotland, looking for ways to get involved, volunteer and fundraise to help older people who may be feeling anxious, isolated and lonely as a result of continuing lockdown and shielding measures.

If you’re feeling inspired and would like to get involved in fundraising efforts, find out how below.

We're here to help

Call the fundraising team on 0333 323 2400 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or email fundraising@agescotland.org.uk

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