Generous William supports charity instead of getting presents

PUBLISHED: 09:19 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:55 15 September 2016

William Buss, seven, with Honiton Cancer Research UK manager, Briony Gotcha. William donated his birthday money to the cancer charity. Ref mhh 36-16AW 4969. Picture: Alex Walton.

William Buss, seven, with Honiton Cancer Research UK manager, Briony Gotcha. William donated his birthday money to the cancer charity. Ref mhh 36-16AW 4969. Picture: Alex Walton.


Honiton Primary School pupil William Buss asked his family and friends to donate to Cancer Research instead of giving him birthday presents.

A Honiton youngster who asked for charity donations instead of presents for his seventh birthday has raised more than £300 for Cancer Research UK.

Honiton Primary School pupil William Buss got the idea after his mum Becky read online of her boss asking for charity donations for her birthday.

Becky said: “My boss did it for her 50th, and William asked if he could do it for his birthday party.”

Becky admitted that she and her husband were unsure at first as they didn’t want their son missing out on presents, but enthusiastic William insisted.

“He was so enthusiastic from the minute he decided to do it,” she said. “He set out to raise £101, so he was in shock when he found out how much he had raised!

“We are so proud of him.”

William chose Cancer Research UK because his nanny Lynne died of breast cancer in 2014.

Including gift aid, he managed to raise £324 for the charity.

The youngster said that he wants to do it again next year, and his charitable efforts has inspired his younger sister, who is turning five this October, to also do something for charity.

Oliver, William’s dad, added: “When he saw the money being counted out at the Cancer Research shop, he said he wanted to have raised £107, because he thought there was more than £101 there!

“William is a very thoughtful young lad and Cancer Research UK has a special place in his heart.”

The Buss family would like to thank all of the people who donated so generously towards William’s appeal. For more about Cancer Research UK, visit

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