Spalding schoolboy Mason's market to give lasting memories
A generous youngster has raised hundreds of pounds to give critically ill children memories to cherish.
Six-year-old Mason Scase, who is a pupil at Spalding’s Wygate Academy, spent Easter Sunday selling some of his prized possessions to raise funds for Make-A-Wish UK, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Mason, who lives with his mum Sammie-Lea Bird and his grandparents, put on the table top sale – ‘Mason’s Market’ – with a little bit of help from his family after learning about the charity.
Sammie-Lea said: “Mason really likes shops and he said that he wanted to set up his own shop and sell his toys. I suggested we sell them to raise money for charity and showed him some videos about different charities which is when he picked Make-A-Wish.
“He wanted to help other children to make some memories.
“On the day, as a family we added a few bits, including some glassware ornaments and some extra toys.
“My mum organised a ‘name the bear’ raffle too, with all of the ticket sales going to Mason’s fund.”
Mason’s sale was popular with residents and it gave him a good opportunity to test out his salesman skills.
In fact, the event was so well received that donations have still been coming in days after it came to an end. The family live at Tallington Lakes and Sammie-Lea said: “There’s about 900 lodges here so I put a post on the Facebook page for the Tallington community and let people know what we were doing. We also put on teas and coffees for people and we asked for donations – they didn’t have to buy something if they didn’t want to and we didn’t put a specific price on anything either.
“People were bringing their kids and grandchildren to have a look and Mason was showing them how the toys worked which he really enjoyed.We must have seen around 50 people but others who couldn’t make it have sent cards to say well done too.”
Mason, who wants to be a police dog trainer, has raised £350 so far and his mum says he is already hoping to hold another sale.
Sammie-Lea added: “He’s been on a high all week and he’s so happy that he will be making other children happy. As soon as he finished on Sunday afternoon he asked when he can do another one! I’m very proud of him – we thought if he managed £100 it would be a brilliant achievement to but to get £350 is crazy.”