Thank You Sascha!
A remarkable young girl asked for presents of a different nature for her 10th birthday. Sascha Levy's birthday list asked her friends and family to donate to The Pluto Appeal instead of giving her a birthday present. Sascha set up her very own fund-raising page with her own video. Her original target was £200 but, following the huge success, she ended up raising her target twice and has now raised £1,000 for Pluto.
Sascha said: "Every year our school chooses a charity to support and this is how I came across The Pluto Appeal. I really wanted Pluto to be chosen but unfortunately it wasn't and I then decided that I would support it myself. There was nothing I really wanted for my 10th birthday and so I asked my friends to donate to Pluto instead".
Munther Haddad, Chairman of The Children's Hospital Trust Fund (the charity behind the Appeal) and Senior Consultant Paediatric Surgeon said: "I cannot imagine how tricky the decision must have been for Sascha to give up her birthday presents so she could help other children and babies. I don't know many young children willing to be so selfless and thoughtful. Sascha is a remarkable girl and we're all very proud of what she's done. We're very grateful to Sascha for helping us on the final straight towards raising the remaining £470,000 required to buy Pluto. We wish her a very happy birthday from all of us at the Pluto team."