A MOTHER had the shock of her life when she found out her 4-year-old daughter cut up her cash, all so she could stick the Queen's head on her dolls.
Posting to Facebook, Victoria Ingham from Middlesborough, England, shared photos of the mischief her daughter Esme had gotten up to.
Even though Victoria was devasted by losing the money, she could see the hilarity in the situation.
"So, comes upstairs to find our Esme has cut up 25 quid, absolutely gutted cos yano I am a skint student, anyways, look up to see that she's cut the queen's head out to stick on her dolls," she wrote.
"Dunno whether to laugh or cry, all I know is I am absolutely skint so donations welcome.
"Then she's just said, I had three dolls mam but you only had two monies [sic] mam. Eeeee I am howling."
Esme further showed her creative flair by using a disposable face mask as a dress for one of the dolls.
The post has since gone viral, with 14k people liking the post and thousands of people tagging their friends in the comments.
Many people offered advice to the young mother, saying that she should take the cut-up money to the bank.
"As long as you have the serial number intact the bank will take the bits and give you the money bank," one person wrote.
Someone else said: "Collect all bits and take to the bank they will exchange for you."
Off of the back of the success of the post, Esme's godmother Rachael Westwood started a GoFundMe page to raise funds.
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She explained that the page was started because strangers had kindly offered to send Victoria money to make up for what was lost, but they came up with a better idea.
"Originally we said anything over 25 will go to James cook so Vic wasn't out of pocket, however, Vic and Esme (the creator of this fine art) has decided to donate all of the money to the children's ward at James Cook," Rachael wrote.
"Vic is a student nurse, qualifying in September, and has seen first hand the effects of Covid, as a parent it's hard enough seeing your child ill, however, in these times it can be even harder.
"ALL money raised will go to the ward where they can hopefully spend it on toys, even arts and crafts for young artists like my goddaughter Esme."
At the time of writing, £130 has been raised of the £200 goal.
"Best laugh I've had for a fiver ever. Great idea for a good cause too," one donor wrote.
"Supports the arts!" said another.
Someone else added: "This is brilliant, 200% worth a donation. I also think you should set up an Esme creativity fund to get some arts and crafts."
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