Maddi and Taylor with their decorative plant pots made from recycled tins / SUR

Kind-hearted youngsters devise initiative to raise money for Age Care

Taylor and his sister Maddi, decided to help the charity because they were aware of the complications that many senior citizens have had to face during the pandemic

TONY BRYANT

Two British school children have come up with an inventive scheme in order to raise money for Age Care Calahonda. Taylor Rose-Young (14) and his 12-year-old sister, Maddi, who both attend the Torre Almenara school in La Cala de Mijas, came up with the idea of recycling old tins and transforming them into decorative plant pots to sell to raise funds for the volunteer-run organisation.

The caring youngsters decided to try to help the charity because they were aware of the complications that many senior citizens have had to face during the pandemic.

"We decided to fund raise for Age Care after being unable to visit our grandparents during the pandemic. We realised that many older people were unable to see their families and we wanted to help," the kind-hearted youngsters explained to SUR in English.

After visiting the Monte B pool bar in Mijas, Taylor and Maddi approached the owners with the idea of selling their creations to the customers. The proprietors of the bar also suggested another idea that might help to raise even more money. They suggested that some of the tins be used to brighten up the tables and offered customers the chance to write messages on tiny wooden plaques that they could add to their favourite tin for a small donation. The messages will then be hung on a wish-tree in the bar over the festive season.

The idea has received a lot of support from the local community and it has already raised 565 euros, which the children proudly presented to the Age Care President Tom Tarr, last week.

Taylor and his sister are planning to continue supporting the charity and they are currently working on other initiatives in order to raise more money.

"What a wonderful inspirational idea and so heart-warming to know that they care about looking after older people. This was totally thought up by them and a lot of hard work was put into the detailed decoration. A huge thanks to Taylor and Maddy," the president said.