Sheffield schoolgirl’s Christmas mission for animal charities

Storm Burgess,nine, has been busy collecting pet supplies for various animal charities. Pictured with just some of the donations and one of her cats
Storm Burgess,nine, has been busy collecting pet supplies for various animal charities. Pictured with just some of the donations and one of her cats

A brave and bighearted Sheffield schoolgirl has made it her Christmas mission to help animals in need across the region.

Storm Burgess has been in and out of hospital over the past two years with a catalogue of health issues.

However, according to mum Tracy, she always finds the strength to help others.

Throughout December, nine-year-old Storm has collected donations for five animal charities to ensure vulnerable cats and dogs will be well cared for over the festive season.

Tracy, of Darnall, said: “She never moans about the hospital appointments she has to go to, but is always worrying about others, particularly animals.

“We are bursting with pride she is so thoughtful.”

Animal-mad Storm asked friends and family as well as teachers at her school – Acres Hill Primary School in Darnall – to donate pet food, treats and toys.

The youngster then split what she had gathered between the Attercliffe-based RSPCA Sheffield branch, Rotherham-based Rain Rescue, Sheffield’s Mill House Animal Sanctuary in Fulwood, Sheffield Cat Shelter in Broomhall and the Retired Greyhounds Trust, based in Wortley, Sheffield.

Tracy said: “People were generous and Storm had donations, which she delivered in person to the charities.”

Storm has been troubled by a severe cough for the past two years and had her tonsils and adenoids removed this year to help her breathing.

In the past three months Tracy said Storm has had about 20 hospital appointments as doctors continue to try to find the cough’s cause.

The youngster also has problems with her eyesight and recently had to have several teeth removed as she had developed two sets of bottom teeth.

Tracy said: “She was particularly scared about having her teeth out, as she is terrified of needles, but she still didn’t moan about it.

Tracy said her daughter has six pets – cats Sparky, Pepper, Felix, Star and Torlei, and a dog called Roxy.

Tracy said: “She’s a very selfless little girl.”