When I was nine, I asked my friends not to give me birthday presents, but to donate money to a local children’s hospice instead.
I had this idea after my parents organised a dinner to raise funds for a charity that provides medical aid to Palestinians.
I asked my mother what I could do to help. She said I could help children closer to home and told me about the local Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.
Altogether, I collected £180 for the hospice.
It was great to make a difference, and now I want to do more to help young people in my community.