A fantastic family of fundraisers

October 31 2019

IT SEEMS kindness runs in the family for the Reids of Soundwell.

A fantastic family of fundraisers

Sarah Reid and daughter Lauren presenting a cheque to Bristol Epilepsy Support Group after their supermarket fundraising sessions (Inset) Layla donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Mum Sarah has raised thousands of pounds for various charities over the years, with most of her support going to epilepsy good causes after she was diagnosed with the condition at just seven years old.

Now her two daughters, Layla and Lauren, are following suit, keen to help the charities close to their family's heart.

Lauren, aged seven, spent much of the summer holidays with Sarah collecting money at the Co-op in Downend. The pair recently handed over a cheque for £94.90 to Bristol Epilepsy Support Group, which will enable them to keep running for the next 18 months.

Layla, 15, also started fundraising at an early age after publishing a book helping other children understand about living with a relative with epilepsy when she was just 11.

In a bid to raise awareness, the family has donated copies of the book to every Bristol and South Gloucestershire school as well as every library in South Glos.

More recently Layla had long hair cut off so she could donate it to the Little Princess Trust, which turns donated hair into wigs to give free to children having cancer treatment.

Sarah, 39, was acknowledged for her work in 2016 at the annual Inspiration Awards for Women in London where she won the Inspirational Fundraiser category.

She has also been nominated for a Pride of Britain award by a member of the Epilepsy Support Group.

Sarah said: “I felt really honoured as there are so many amazing people out there who do fantastic things for other people. I don't know how much of a chance I have of winning, I am just grateful to have been nominated.”

Sarah said she's proud of her girls for being so conscious of helping others at such a young age.

“Layla has always liked raising money for epilepsy charities and helping me collect money for the seven charities close to our hearts. 

“My youngest daughter Lauren is following in our footsteps and joined me through the school holidays raising money for Bristol Epilepsy Support group. She also helped collecting food and money for the food bank at the Resound Centre in Mangotsfield. It's rewarding my two girls love helping charities too.”