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Macduff girl spreads Christmas cheer with charity goody bags


By Chris Saunderson

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A CHRISTMAS star is bringing festive cheer to people as they deal with coronavirus and raising money for a local charity in the bargain.

Rhea Stephen(7), from Macduff, has had an amazing 700 orders so far for her Christmas goody bags.

Rhea has fun making her goody bags.
Rhea has fun making her goody bags.

The enterprising Macduff Primary pupil is using her own pocket money - with some help from her mum, auntie, granny and others - to fill and sell her goody bags at 50p each.

All the money she raises is going to Brighter Horizons, a local charity which has supported people during the pandemic - including providing meals for the elderly.

Her goody bags include snowman poop (actually marshmallows), reindeer noses (Maltesers), Santa kisses, reindeer food, tablet, reindeer hot chocolate cones and unicorn mallow horns.

Rhea's mum Tamara Bisset said: "I am so proud of her. She did it last year for the first time and decided she wanted to do it again, using her own money."

Rhea's granny Andrea Lovie and her auntie Natasha Wright are helping her and local firm Deveron Direct also donated sweeties and Sarah Davis from Brighter Horizons donated vouchers for Rhea to buy hot chocolate.

"We used to go to Supper with Santa which was run by Brighter Horizons and it was so much fun," added Tamara. "Rhea decided she wanted to do something to help."

Ready to spread some Christmas cheer.
Ready to spread some Christmas cheer.

Rhea has been filling the bags every night after school and hopes to start delivering them next week.

Tamara, of Dey Hill, Macduff, said: "Rhea has a little brother Coby, who is two, so he just wants to eat everything so he gets put to bed before we do the goody bags."

Orders for the goody bags can be made through Tamara's Facebook page but hurry, there are only a few days left to get your request in.



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