A COFFEE morning in Alloa run by seven local youngsters netted hundreds of pounds for charity at the weekend.

Parents were full or praise for the team, who held a fundraiser for Strathcarron Hospice at the session house of St Mungo’s Parish Church on the morning of Saturday, October 27.

The idea came from cousins Eilidh Barbour, 9, and Aimee Barrett, 8, who recruited their friends Imogen Syme, 8, Murron White, also 8, Abigail Steele, 13, Ellie Docherty, 6, and Abi Jempson, 9.

It is a cause close to the heart of the young duo’s families and they thought they would have a crack at an event of this type after seeing a poster advertising a similar coffee morning.

On the day there were hot drinks all around along with a variety of cakes and bakes for all to enjoy with the seven youngsters donning the signature light-blue Strathcarron Hospice t-shirts.

They enjoyed decorating the hall, selling raffle tickets and collecting donations with minimal help from the adults.

Altogether, the event raised a whopping £635 with the girls now looking forward to a trip to the hospice to officially hand it over.

Aimee’s mum Kirsty Barrett was full of praise.

She told the Advertiser: “We are really proud, they did an amazing job.”

“They asked family members and friends to do the baking and we bought lots of raffle prizes.

“On Friday, the girls all went up to family members and cut out the bunting, made all the little place mats and came early on the Saturday to set it all up.”

She added: “They were the only people in the room that were doing any of the volunteering, which was great, the adults only did teas and coffee.

“It was primarily run by them on the day.”

The event was organised through St Mungo’s where they girls go to Sunday school.

And the young fundraising machines now have plans to do more in the future, following the weekend’s success.

Thanks go to everyone who went along on the day to support the good cause as well as those who donated cakes and prizes in advance.