Bury St Edmunds youngster asks for charity donations for her birthday
In October, Jessie Davis was crowned the Young Hero Winner 2016 by Good Morning Britain - and last weekend the Bury St Edmunds youngster showed yet again why she got the accolade.
Jessie, who suffers from over-stretched muscles and dislocations because of a condition called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, collected the award, which is held in conjunction with WellChild, the national charity for sick children, from the ITV breakfast programme because of her selfless actions.
So altruistic is Jessie, who attends Westgate Primary School in her home town, that she decided to forego any presents for her 11th birthday party when it was held at Moreton Hall Community Centre on Sunday, choosing instead to invite people to donate to charity.
Her mum. Paula said: “She decided a while ago that she would not ask for presents for her birthday but would ask for donations instead.
“So we set it (the target) at £150 and she is now at £550.
“It’s because one of her best friends at school, Megan, has juvenile arthritis.
“She was diagnosed about one year ago.
“Jessie just wanted to help the people that help her friend.”
The money, of which £320 was raised via a Just Giving page and the rest in cash, is going to go to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), which has a branch that deals with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, from which Megan suffers.
Mrs Davis added: “She got some little presents that she was very chuffed with. One of the boys in her class, Harry, asked her what her favourite chocolate was and she said Wispa, so he got her six bars of Wispa Gold.”
Jessie’s brother, William, was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and has complex health needs, autism and challenging behaviour as a result, and her help in caring for him helped influence her receiving the Young Hero Winner Award.
To help Jessie’s fund-raising efforts on behalf of the NRAS, her school is allowing her to hold a Go Purple Day on Friday, June 9.