Childhood ‘treasures’ sale a ‘huge success’

Esme Palmer (7) is seen with some of the early childhood ‘‘treasures’’ — including dolls, books, games, shoes and toys — she sold on Saturday to raise money for Ronald McDonald House , where she spent 172 nights during a cancer battle in 2019.

Her mother, Megan Balchin, said Balclutha businesses and the community got behind the sale at the South Otago Athletics Club clubrooms and helped to turn it into a ‘‘huge success’’.

‘‘What started as a couple of boxes of her own toys [Esme] wanted to sell, became a tsunami of donations from the community,’’ Ms Balchin said.

The sale raised $1885 for the ‘‘home-away-fromhome’’ for families who had to travel to Christchurch for their child’s medical treatment.

Ms Balchin said the sale could become an annual event. REPORT AND PHOTO: EVELYN THORN