THE mum of an 11-year-old girl who used her recent birthday celebrations to take donations to foodbanks has admitted she is 'incredibly proud' of her.

Morwenna Trevanion, from Iscoyd, said her daughter Bea used her recent birthday celebrations to ask family and friends from her school in Tushingham to brings foodbank donations instead of presentations.

This has led to praise from family members, including her TV star aunty Christina Trevanion, for the selfless act.

Morwenna says that the plan to donate to the foodbanks was Bea's after discussing what to do for her milestone birthday, and says she was motivated by lessons on the cost-of-living crisis at her school.

She said: "Bea and her classmates have been learning about this in school, such as the cost-of-living crisis, and all the people who are suffering because of it.

"It's a church school as well so there have been lots of sermons about it.

"Bea organised her party and when we were working out what to do, I suggested that she said no presents on the invitations.

"She then said to me 'why don't I suggest donations so we can take them to the foodbank' which I thought was a lovely idea.

"Bea added that her birthday is so close to Christmas that she doesn't need more presents, but we can give things back to people that will last longer than plastic presents.


"It fills me with immense pride – most children her age would be thinking about presents.

"She's only 11 and I am very, very proud of her because she is very caring."

Morwenna added that the gesture is not a new thing for Bea and her sisters, who also took part in a 'reverse advent calendar' where they donated goods rather than receive, and praised their social awareness.

She said: "I think it will say to people that you don't need lots of toys and stuff to be happy but you can see the joy it brings when you offer something back.

"Kids understand that money doesn't grow on trees and that we don't have to give at Christmas just because it's Christmas, and my girls all understand that giving is all-year-round.

"I think this will be the start for Bea – she's got a wonderful buzz and feeling from this and I think she's surprised herself with how good it feels to give something back.

"I always encourage her and the girls to do things like that, and to give back."