Wee Poppy’s appeal to people to have a heart

Poppy Waterall
Poppy Waterall

A five-year-old girl has organised her own coffee morning on Sunday to raise funds for a heart charity in memory of her baby brother.

Poppy Waterall, of Wavell Street, Grangemouth, wanted to hold the special event on a special date – November 1, 2013 was the day she lost brother Ruairdhri when he was only 21-months-old.

Ruairdhri lost his fight against his congenital heart defect and now Poppy says she wants to raise “billions of pounds” to help the British Heart Foundation.

Poppy’s Happy Heart Teas event takes place at Laurieston Community Centre, from noon to 2pm and will feature tea, coffee, cakes and a raffle.

It follows on from last year when the Beancross Primary School pupil encouraged her school friends to make Christmas cards – around 300 – which she and her mum Rebecca then took to youngsters at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

Rebecca (35) said: “She wants to do something like this every year in memory of Ruairdhri – it was a difficult time for the whole family but especially Poppy. She looked after him when he was here and she looks out for others now he is gone.

“I ran my first ever 10K last year for BHF and Poppy came up with the coffee morning idea after she realised she was too young to run in a 5K event. She initially thought it would just be for ‘old people’ but now it’s for everyone.”

Poppy, who will be wearing her favourite red dress on the day, has lined up jobs for Rebecca, dad Lee (37) and everyone else who has been recruited to help the cause, including “the cupcake lady” who is making 100 tasty treats to sell.

Rebecca said: “Poppy’s the boss and everyone has been given their jobs to do on Sunday. She’s already told us if we don’t sell all the cakes she wants to take the remaining ones to the children at Yorkhill.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/poppywaterall to make a donation.