Kind-hearted Darcie’s Christmas donation

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A SEVEN-year-old girl is donating some of her Christmas money to a pensioner to help with fuel bills, writes Colin Purvis.

Big-hearted Darcie McDonnell had her mind set on a Moshie Monster scooter, but after reading a Hawick News story with her mum, Jill, she decided to make the generous gesture.

The Orchard Terrace youngster, a primary three pupil at Wilton school, spotted the plight of Ramsay Road pensioner Sandra Murray in our January 3 issue and decided to act.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mrs McDonnell said: “Darcie is a really caring little girl and she wanted to help. We were reading the Hawick News together and she saw the photograph of Mrs Murray and she wondered if she was ill. I explained that the lady was worried about the cost of heating her home and that is when she decided to donate some of her Christmas money.”

Mrs Murray, a 67-year-old diabetic, contacted the Hawick News just before Christmas. The widow, who once raised thousands of pounds for a kids’ charity by walking the Great Wall of China, was concerned that rising fuel costs and cold weather may leave her unable to pay her bills.

Mrs McDonnell, who also has a four-year-old son, Murray, added: “Darcie knows she will have to wait a little longer for her scooter, but she really felt strongly that she wanted to help.”