Charity disco praised

PUBLISHED: 12:01 06 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:49 17 June 2010

MORE Than £150 was raised by a generous Sidmouth College pupil who asked people to donate money to charity instead of giving her birthday presents. Evie McShane, who turned 13 on November 12, had the novel idea of organising a sponsored disco for her bir

MORE Than £150 was raised by a generous Sidmouth College pupil who asked people to donate money to charity instead of giving her birthday presents.

Evie McShane, who turned 13 on November 12, had the novel idea of organising a sponsored disco for her birthday.

She requested on the invitations she handed to her friends that they make a donation to the RSPCA instead of buying her presents.

Evie, who lives in Sidford, said: "I had a really good time at the disco.

"We came up with the idea about nine months ago. My friend Jasmine had a sponsored walk and my mum said to me why don't we have a sponsored disco?"

Evie, an animal lover, chose this particular charity because they have helped her in the past.

The selfless teenager added: "I chose the RSPCA because I used to have a dog from there but had to give him back and they also saved my friends pigeon.

"She wasn't very well and they put her in a sanctuary to help her."

The night was a success with around 35 people attending the disco, with entertainment provided by J J Discos of Exmouth, at Sidbury Village Hall last Saturday and a total of £161.20 was raised for the animal charity.

Heidi, Evie's mother, said she was very pleased with the amount raised.

She said: "It went really well and everybody enjoyed themselves. Quite a few of the parents commented that it was a really nice thing for Evie to do and people were very generous in their donations."

An RSPCA spokesman said: "It is extremely kind and it shows how important animals are to people of all ages.

"We really do appreciate this gesture and we hope that Evie continues this interest with animals and the RSPCA as she grows up.

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