A five-year-old from Edinburgh has donated presents bought with his birthday money to less fortunate children.
Nathan Hill, who celebrated his birthday on May 28, decided to give his gifts away after mum Julie Innes told him there were children also living nearby without parents.
He picked a selection of cars, dolls, plastic dinosaurs and space hoppers, which were handed over to Barnardo’s Oxgangs donation centre on Friday.
Julie, 27, said: ‘It was when I was putting him to bed one night, he asked if there were children who did didn’t have everything he had.
‘Nathan was really upset when I was telling him about some children who haven’t grown up with parents around and he wanted to do something to help them.
He was delighted to find out he was able to help the kids out.
‘Nathan wanted to give toys to children in Edinburgh who didn’t have a mummy or daddy so we contacted Barnardo’s Scotland as we knew they used to run homes.’
The charity no longer runs homes, though they do have family support services in Edinburgh to support children and young people.
The pair, who currently live in Restalrig, spent more than £50 at Fort Kinnaird’s Smyths and Toys ‘R’ Us stores.
Hawys Kilday, assistant director for Barnardo’s in Edinburgh, thanked the youngster for his donation.
Hawys said: ‘It’s fantastic that Nathan gave up his birthday presents to help other children.
‘Play can be a really effective way of communicating, learning and aiding development. Nathan’s donation is helping us continue our work and make sure no child is turned away from the help that they need.’
It has been a huge week for Nathan, who started school at Craigentinny Primary on Tuesday.
He also wore his new school tie for the meeting at the donation centre.
His generosity has inspired many of his mum’s friends and work colleagues after she posted his idea on Facebook.
Some have joined the drive, helping with donations by handing over toys and games previously belonging to their own children.