The gift of giving at Christmas

Seven-year-old Rebeccah Clyde,  who has been collecting selection boxes to donate to the Sick Kids Hospital

Seven-year-old Rebeccah Clyde, who has been collecting selection boxes to donate to the Sick Kids Hospital

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A seven-year-old girl has been busy collecting selection boxes to give to patients at the Sick Kids Hospital, after receiving a gift there herself.

Gorebridge Primary School pupil Rebeccah Clyde recently handed in hundreds of selection boxes to the Edinburgh hospital, after experiencing the joy of getting a gift while at the hospital last year.

In a video to launch her appeal recently she said: “For the last five and a half years I have been getting treatment for my kidneys at the Sick Kids in Edinburgh

“Last year when I had scarlet fever someone gave me an Easter egg and it made me smile, so I’m going to donate selection boxes.

“And I’m going to be calling it the four S appeal. Sick kids, selection boxes, smile and share. Lets make the kids smile, Merry Christmas!”

Rebeccah’s mum Deborah (35), a compliance manager for Tesco at Colinton, has been blown away by the amount of donations they have received.

She said: “We thought we would get maybe 50, but in seven days we got 247 selection boxes, and they are still coming in!

“Rebeccah is extremely chuffed. It has just grown and grown. Her gran wrapped every single one for her to take to the hospital.

“If we get more we will take them in. Although it’s best if people give them directly to the Sick Kids.”

Deborah is so proud of her daughter’s four S appeal.

She said: “She came up with that herself. I’m one of the proudest mums out there. Her dad is just ecstatic as well.

“That a seven year old can have that affect, it’s amazing.

“She has had lots of friends and school friends donate.

“I’m very proud of Rebeccah, and very humbled.

“There is kids out there that don’t have a lot, so hopefully this will make some kids smile at Christmas this year.”

Deborah recalled her daughter’s health issues.

She said: “She had problems with her kidneys when she was younger.

“So she was on medication for a few years and attended the hospital for checks. Then this year she was discharged.

“So she wanted to do something for the hospital. To give something back.”