For most 12-year-olds presents are a highlight of any birthday celebration, but Ellie Steggles wanted it to be different.
She asked all her friends and family coming to her birthday party on Friday to donate money to Breakthrough Breast Cancer instead of giving her presents and she raised £501 for the charity.
She chose the charity because her nan Lyn Walsh died of breast cancer.
Ellie, from Norton, said: “My nan died about 10 years ago and I didn’t want a lot of presents so I decided to give the money in her memory.
“My best friend said it was a goo idea.”
Ellie’s mum Sarah Catchpole, Lyn’s daughter, said: “I feel that at such a young age of 12, to be so thoughtful about helping others, before money and presents, is quite amazing.
“I am a very proud mum and I know her nanny would be very proud as well. Ellie’s a very kind soul, it’s lovely she’s so caring.”
The fund rasing started even before the party began because her young friends who could not attend made donations in advance.
The charity provided collecting pots and pink balloons for the party held in Cavendish Hall, Thurston.
Breakthrough Breast cancer says £500 is enough to pay for 7,500 microscope slides or a single transilluminator, an essential piece of equipment for scientists to study DNA during experiments.
The charity funds research projects all over the country into ways of fighting the disease and campaigns to increase awareness of the killer of 1,000 women a month in the UK.
It says: “We know that survival in the UK still lags behind some other European countries. An estimated 1,000 lives could be saved every year in England alone if breast cancer survival rates matched the best in Europe.”
Donations can be made to Breakthough Breast Cancer at its website