A SELFLESS young girl who collected Christmas presents for charity last year is repeating her act of kindness this year.

Burnham youngster Darcey Strutt started collecting for causes when she was just four years old - and the Maldon branch of The Salvation Army is set to benefit again this festive season.

Explaining why she wants to help children in need, eight-year-old Darcey said: “There are kids who get loads for Christmas and a lot of it is stuff they don’t need, so some toys might be wasted.

"Everyone should get something for Christmas and be happy with what they have.”

Darcey’s Christmas Present Appeal is running on Facebook and she has put together an Amazon Wish List to inspire others who may wish to donate.

Her mum Jade said she is extremely proud of her daughter.

She said: “It all started at the carnival in Burnham, which was raising money for local charities.

"Darcey asked why they were raising money and when we told her, she said she’d like to do something to help other people.

"The carnival is in September, so Christmas time seemed the best time to do it.

"We don’t push her to carry on every year but she’s always keen to do it.”

Caron Doyle, The Salvation Army's Maldon corps officer, was full of praise for the young girl.

Caron said: “Darcey is an incredible, community-minded young person. We are so grateful for her efforts and know that these gifts will be well received by children across the district, bringing joy to many families on Christmas morning.

"Darcy shows that age is not a barrier to making a difference to our community, and we can all do our part in supporting each other.”

For more details search Darcey’s Christmas Present Appeal online at facebook.com.