A thoughtful five-year-old shunned birthday presents and instead asked party goers to donate to Ben Parkinson’s charity.
Little Izzy and her friends raised £530 for Pilgrim Bandits after the youngster decided to raise money after meeting Lance Bombardier Parkinson at St Michael’s C of E school.
Mum Kerry Jones of Hall View Road, Rossington said: “Izzy had mentioned wanting to donate to charity instead of getting birthday presents a while ago and it was something I thought she’d change her mind about or forget.
“I kept saying to her it was a lovely thought but she didn’t have to do it because I thought she’s only five once. “But when we were talking about her birthday party she kept insisting she wanted donate to charity instead of get presents so then I was just really proud of her.
“Ben visited Izzy’s school and he obviously had an impact on her because she said she wanted to give the money to Ben.”
Ben Parkinson, who is thought to have survived the worst ever battlefield injuries in Afghanistan, was so moved by the gesture that he made an appearance at the party at the Labour and Social Club in Rossington.
Posting on his Facebook page after the party he said: “my little mate Isabella and her little mates collected £500 for Pilgrimbandits at her birthday yesterday — feeling wonderful.”
Kerry said: “When Ben came in Izzy just smiled and waved at him like it was one of her mates. When she found out how much we’d raised she kept saying OMG, OMG.
“We are so grateful to Ben and his family for coming it made it a really special day. Ben brought the Olympic torch with him and his MBE and was letting the children have pictures with him but he made sure Izzy was the centre of attention.” Ben’s mum Diane Dernie said: “Of all the things Ben does his school work is his favouite so he was thrilled.”