Retford girl Lucy and her 'rainbow eggs' raise £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

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A community spirited nine-year-old has raised a staggering £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice through her rescue chickens’ deliciously popular ‘rainbow eggs’.

Kind-hearted Lucy Broughton, from Retford, began by delivering boxes of her multi-coloured eggs free of charge to elderly and vulnerable residents during lockdown.

But when the grateful recipients insisted on paying for the lovely gesture, Lucy’s parents Bill and Fay Broughton decided to donate the proceeds to charity.

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Proud mum Fay said: “When we started out, and it was becoming clear that lockdown was on its way, we brought in the extra chickens as we thought there would be many people locally who just wouldn’t have access to such fresh produce.

Lucy Broughton has raised £1.000 for Bluebell WoodLucy Broughton has raised £1.000 for Bluebell Wood
Lucy Broughton has raised £1.000 for Bluebell Wood

“When Lucy started delivering them, it quickly became apparent that people wouldn’t accept them for free so we asked her if she’d like to donate the proceeds to a charity and she insisted on Bluebell Wood.”

Lucy’s freshly-laid eggs were a hit immediately, and she now has several regular customers who keep coming back for more.

As well as her deliveries, Lucy also has a stall at the end of the family’s garden where people can collect the eggs and leave payment.

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Fay continued: “There’s a lady who just had her 89th birthday who has a dozen delivered every couple of weeks.

“We’ve had so many lovely messages too from people about Lucy and what she’s being doing and we’re all very proud of her.”

The family, who already kept 14 chickens, rescued another 30 when the seriousness of the virus became clear.

Their hens are a variety of breeds and so produce different coloured eggs, which led to the Broughtons dubbing them rainbow eggs.

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With the autumn nights drawing in, however, the chickens are producing fewer eggs, so Lucy is determined to reach her £1,000 target before winter.

The enterprising Ranby House School pupil has even been making and selling handmade cards to help her achieve her goal.

And she also plans to top up her impressive total later this year with the proceeds from turkeys she’s been looking after since they hatched in June.

Melanie Rose, Bluebell Wood’s regional fundraiser for Retford and north Nottinghamshire, commented: “It’s such a wonderfully thoughtful thing to do and we can’t thank Lucy enough for all the time and effort she has put into it.

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“As well as lifting the spirits of those unable to get out these past few months, she’s raised an incredible sum of money which will help us support local families who are going through some of the most difficult times imaginable.

“Lucy is a real inspiration and should be very proud of what she’s achieved.”