An 11-year-old boy from Chorleywood has made the ultimate sacrifice by donating to charity instead of receiving his birthday gifts.
Rocco Che Desai has been a supporter of NSPCC for over nine years and has donated over £5,000 to the children’s charity.
Rocco decided to do this selfless gesture because he has plenty of toys whereas other children don’t and some don’t even have a happy and safe home to live in.
NSPCC work to protect children and prevent abuse so they can make child abuse a thing of the past.
He said: “My parents felt strongly that people didn’t need to waste their money on buying presents for me, when I had plenty of toys at home and some children don’t; they don’t even have a happy and safe home.”
For his 11th birthday, Rocco went one step further in his work for the charity because he wanted to do something more personal.
So him and his nan got their aprons on and took part in The Great German Cake Challenge; a cake auction with all funds going to the NSPCC.
He explained: “Until this year I have always donated my birthday money but now I am a bit older, I felt I should also do something requiring more personal effort. It was nice to do something together with my grandma as well.”
After baking the cakes, Rocco spent hours knocking on the doors of his neighbours asking them to take part and buy his cakes.
In total, 21 cakes were delivered by Rocco and his nan with the highest priced cake selling at £55.
Rocco’s interest was clear at a young age and he also became passionate about the charity’s Letting The Future In incentive, a counselling service that helps children recover from sexual abuse.
Rocco added: “I like that the NSPCC helps children to see themselves and their situation differently. It helps them to choose the way they want to live their lives going forward.”