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Five-year-old Bishop's Stortford boy sets up lemonade stall and raises £100 for Ukrainian refugee support group



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Louie Williams may be only five, but he's already developed a social conscience that led to him setting up his own lemonade stall to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

The youngster heard about the plight of refugees at his school, Northgate Primary, and was determined to do something to help, so was up with the lark squeezing lemons for some home-made lemonade.

With the stall outside his house on the Stortford Fields estate also offering doughnuts for sale, along with some of his toys, Louie made a sparkling £50 for Bishop's Stortford Ukrainian Guests Support Group.

Louie on the stall selling home-made lemonade and doughnuts (58381296)
Louie on the stall selling home-made lemonade and doughnuts (58381296)

His neighbours Sean and Suzy Foster, who run Stortford-based Fosters Schoolwear, were so impressed that they match-funded his £50, so on Monday (August 1) Louie popped into one of the support group's language lessons, at the Charis Centre in Water Lane, to present the £100 to treasurer Wendy Elliott. The money will be spent on language teaching textbooks.

Wendy said that she was absolutely delighted, adding that these will be a tremendous help to all the adults and children as they face the challenge of learning English.

Group co-ordinator Mione Goldspink said: “We are all very, very grateful to Louie for his amazing donation. It will make a real difference.”

Louie presented the money at a language lesson for Ukrainian refugees in the Charis Centre
Louie presented the money at a language lesson for Ukrainian refugees in the Charis Centre

Louie has just finished reception at Northgate in Cricketfield Lane, where he is school councillor for his class and has arranged various fundraising events.

Dad Jack said: "Our neighbour's mum is treasurer for Bishop's Stortford Ukrainian Guests Support Group and she was sorting out some old bikes to donate to Ukrainian children being hosted locally.

"Louie wanted to help but couldn't find anything to donate, so he said 'Daddy, we could do a stall and give the children some money to buy what they need'.

"He was chuffed to meet the Ukrainians on Monday and play with the children. It's amazing what the volunteers are doing."

Jack added after putting a picture of Louie on the stall on Facebook there was an amazing response and they had to rush inside to make more lemonade!



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