Melton schoolgirl’s King Street money trail adds hundreds to her fundraising total for the National Autistic Society

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When Melton schoolgirl Amelia Yates (10) was told she had autism three months ago she immediately set her sights on raising money to help other people like herself - and she hasn’t stopped since!

Amelia’s latest fundraiser, in King Street on Saturday, was the brainchild of cafe owner Nigel Keep who suggested for her to create a money trail from his cafe to Market Place made up of loose change donated by passers-by.

Amelia spent six hours collecting, raising £286.48 (plus £71.62 in Gift Aid) in aid of the National Autistic Society.

Supporting her were her proud mum, Jessica Picton, step-dad Guy Gilbert and her best friend, Angus.

Amelia, who attends St Francis Primary School and who suffers from autism and a sensory processing disorder, has now raised over £1,800 (including Gift Aid) for the charity having previously taken part in lots of other events.

Her mum, Jessica, said: “We’re really proud of her. Nigel, who is one of the few people Amelia waves at in the morning, got some posters made for her. It was really nice she did the trail with his help. I thought it would be mainly coppers but there were some really kind donations.”

To donate visit Amelia's fundraising page at

l Pictured above in King Street are Amelia with proud mum, Jessica Picton