Girl asks for birthday presents to go to animals needing homes

A seven-year-old girl asked her birthday party guest to buy presents for animals in need instead of herself. Petra Willan from Ockbrook in Derbyshire said she had enough presents and wanted to give something to animals needing homes.

So, instead of giving Miss Willan presents for her birthday, her friends arrived at the party with gifts of pet food, toys and beds. One of her friends even emptied the content of her piggy bank for the good cause, while a further collection also raised £66.12 for charity.

Miss Willan’s “presents” were donated to Cats Protection’s Derby Adoption Centre and The Ark Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Ashbourne.

Her mother, vet Joanne Douglas, said “We are immensely proud we have such a caring, selfless little girl. She didn’t even want to pick one type of animal over another – she just said wanted presents for all the animals.I think the ”icing on the cake’ was when she was opening all the presents she got excited and asked ‘Mummy, can I do this every year?’”

Fundraising obviously runs in the family as Ms Douglas is chair of the East Midlands BSAVA in her spare time and is organising a charity masquerade ball to be held at Derbyshire Country Cricket Club on 8 October to raise funds for PetSavers of which her daughter is assisting with the fundraising.

Miss Willan can regularly be found found at the BSAVA East Midland region PUB clinical club meetings selling raffle tickets in aid of PetSavers and is also the face of the masquerade ball just giving page.