A teenage girl from Radlett earned almost £4,000 as part of her Bat-Mitzvah, before using it to help a charity provide for children in need of support.
Savannah Kjisik, now 13, spent the months leading up to her Bat-Mitzvah making bespoke bracelets, which she sold to people all around the world for JustGiving donations.
She only expected to make a few hundred pounds, but by this summer, she had £4,000 to give to a charity of her choosing.
She decided to give it to Comfort Cases UK, which provides backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system.
Her mum, Laurence, explained: “Savannah didn’t want to just hand over a cheque to a charity – she wanted to do something tangible and to be a part of the process.”
With the help of her family, she sourced all the items needed for children ages three to 18 entering the UK care system.
She then spent a day working with the charity’s volunteers to pack 140 comfort cases.
Laurence added: “Keel Toys amazingly donated a teddy for every bag and Dunelm donated blankets, while Tesco donated vital items, as did Savers.
“The lounge where they did the put together the backpacks was full stuff – it brought a tear to our eyes.
“What Savannah has done is incredibly moving. The fact that a 12/13-year-old put so much effort into helping people is amazing, and takes a special kind of person.
“We’re very proud of what she did off her own back for such a fantastic charity.”
You can find out more about Care Cases UK by going to comfortcasesuk.org