A WIRRAL schoolgirl has organised an auction to help children in the Philippines who have been affected by the typhoon which struck the country.
Victoria-Rose Sherlock, seven, wanted to do something constructive after hearing about those who suffered in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.
This prompted the Wallasey youngster to organise an auction with money raised going to an appeal run by aid agency Cafod.
Victoria-Rose, who attends St Joseph's Primary school in Upton, said: “Children in the Philippines look so sad and I want to show them people do care.
“So I decided to hold an auction. I’ve sent lots of emails and visited shops asking for prizes to auction.
“Everyone has donated prizes. But I need more prizes and to get people bidding.
“I need to make this a success and help the families in the Philippines who have nothing this Christmas.”
Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms to be recorded on land – winds exceeding 200mph ripped through the country last month.
The UN estimates about 14 million people have been affected by the disaster, including millions of displaced children.
More than 5,560 people are reported dead with the death toll expected to rise, and a further 1,757 missing.
Helping Victoria-Rose are two older sisters Sarah-Louise, 17, and Emma-Rose, 22.
Her siblings made marmalade to raise money for water projects in Africa.
A venue has yet to be found to hold the auction before Christmas.
Sarah-Louise added: “Victoria-Rose is like a really bright star giving kindness and love to everyone she meets, and always willing to help.
“She started this appeal after watching the news. She cried when she saw a child asking for water standing in the rubble of their home.
“At first she asked if she could send her Christmas money. But we said why don’t you do something to help and that’s when we thought of holding an auction.
“She is wonderful, and contacted businesses asking for auction prizes.
“We now have huge toy and chocolate hampers, a chauffeur-driven car, tea with the mayor, cinema tickets, a music package, a pamper package and lots more.”
Raffle tickets are also on sale at Mount Primary School this Saturday, December 14 to win a hamper.
The auction venue and date has yet to be confirmed.