Youngsters melt down chocolate treats to raise money

Codie Livsey, Elizabeth Jones, Charles Carr and Maddison Livsey with cakes they made using their Easter egg chocolates to raise money for Cats Protection after adopting a stray cat.The fundraisers are pictured with the owner of the Old Barn Cafe and Restaurant in Heysham Jamie Long who sold the cakes and Eileen Evans homeing officer for Cats Protection.
Codie Livsey, Elizabeth Jones, Charles Carr and Maddison Livsey with cakes they made using their Easter egg chocolates to raise money for Cats Protection after adopting a stray cat.The fundraisers are pictured with the owner of the Old Barn Cafe and Restaurant in Heysham Jamie Long who sold the cakes and Eileen Evans homeing officer for Cats Protection.
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Four children have dedicated themselves to melting chocolate for a cause close to their hearts.

Ten-year-old Charles Carr, eight-year-old Cody Livsey, six-year-old Maddison Livsey and nine-year-old Elizabeth Jones decided to melt down their Easter eggs and make rice crispy cakes to raise money for the Cats Protection League (CPL).

Tracey McCulloch, mother of Charles, Cody and Maddison, explained how they became passionate about CPL.

“On the way back from church one day, we saw a stray cat who looked freezing, so we took it home and fed it,” she said.

“We put the cat back outside but it came back later looking even worse so we rang the CPL who paid for her to be seen by a vet and spayed.

“We have taken her in permanently now and named her Tilly, but we know that without the CPL and the generous donations that support it, she would probably not be with us anymore.”

The children, who attend Trumacar Primary School, are continuing to sell cakes even after running out of Easter eggs.

They are spending half of their pocket money on chocolate to melt down to make more cakes, which will occupy a permanent donation stall in the Old Barn Cafe, which is in Heysham near where they live, and open from 10am until 4pm.

Tracey added: “I am extremely proud of what is a remarkably selfish act, especially for kids of such a young age.

“The cakes are beneficial for everyone – the kids are keeping out of mischief, it is good for encouraging community spirit and we are raising invaluable money for CPL, who are always grateful of any donations or people willing to foster a cat.”