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Marvellous Maisie, 8, fundraises from her Cambridge hospital bed

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Maisie holding some of the keyrings she has made (41210323)
Maisie holding some of the keyrings she has made (41210323)

Eight-year-old marvellous Maisie Skinner has been raising money for charity while undergoing treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for cystic fibrosis.

A member of Cambridge Brownies, Maisie has been taking her promise to serve her community seriously, raising more than £800 by making 325 keyrings from her own hospital bed.

Maisie started making the keyrings, decorated with names, when she was admitted to the

children’s wards at Addenbrooke’s - she has hospital appointments every month and fortnight-long stay every 12 weeks.

And she has chosen to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation, in recognition of how the charity has helped both her and other children at Addenbrooke’s - three years ago it made Maisie’s wish come true with a family trip to Disneyland Paris.

Maisie said: “Starlight has been amazing to us, and they help poorly children with different illnesses and conditions. I am amazed about how much money I have raised!”

Maisie’s mum, Charlotte, added: “I am extremely proud of Maisie. We only thought she would make a few keyrings but she has now made over 300 of them!”

Despite her hospital appointments - and isolating because of the coronavirus - Maisie has continued to join her Brownie unit via virtual meetings.

Laura Huddlestone, Maisie’s Brownie leader, said: “Maisie faces some big challenges but inspires us all with how she always thinks of others before herself.”

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