Watford Siblings Win Award For Charity Work

28 June 2017, 07:36

Alison and Edward Gelfs

Alison and Edward Gelfs, who are 13 and 12, started raising money for a number of charities who helped their family and their animals when their father became ill, and later died.

A brother and sister from Watford have received an award for raising thousands for charity.

Alison and Edward Gelfs, who are 13 and 12, started raising money for a number of charities who helped their family and their animals when their father became ill, and later died.

To date, the pair have collected approximately £2,000 for the RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch alone. The family had rehomed several of their pets from their local RSPCA branch and centre, including a number of cats, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs over the years.

The youngsters began doing fundraising car boot sales when their father fell ill and their mum, Lynda, was unable to work while she was caring for her husband.

After Tony’s death Lynda returned to work, Edward and Alison decided to continue raising money at car boot sales. They donated the money to charities that helped them, including the RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch, PDSA, Help For Heroes and Arbour Vale Special School, where Lynda went to work.

Alison said: "We had to do car boot sales to raise money for my dad because he was put in a care home and so we had to pay all his bills.

After he passed, we started doing car boots sales and things like that in aid of the charities who helped us because before that my mum lost her job as well."

I feel really honoured and happy to have been nominated. I’ve always wanted to work for either a charity or with animals, so to be able to raise money for the RSPCA is really great.

We are sometimes out on Saturdays, Sundays and even Bank Holiday Mondays. We do it to help all the charities that helped us when we needed it, but it always gives us a reason to look forward to the weekend as well.”

Edward said: “We decided to carry on with our car boot sales and tombolas because it is helping animals. I really love animals and they’ve always been there for me. They are a really good at helping relieve stress.

“It is sometimes difficult when it is cold and freezing, but you soon forget about it and it always ends up being fun.”

Michael Ward, RSPCA interim Chief Executive Officer, said: “Edward and Alison are an inspiration to us all. They’ve come through their own tough times, but have used them to channel their energies into helping others.

“It is people like Edward and Alison who are the future of the RSPCA. It is heartening to know that with people like them out there, there will be people willing to help animals in need for generations to come.

“It gives me huge pleasure to present them both with an RSPCA Honour in recognition of their outstanding fundraising efforts, and I hope they continue for many years to come.”

 

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