Creative cousins had a brainwave when they turned their day by the seaside into an opportunity to make money for charity.
Toby and Maggie Chittock-Nash, from Kesgrave, Isabella Chittock, from Martlesham, and Lillie Meadows, from Colchester, painted pebbles during a trip to the Suffolk coast.
They set up a stall to sell them from and managed to raise £117 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Toby and Isabella are both nine and Maggie and Lillie four.
Annie Chittock, Toby, Isabella and Maggie’s grandma, said: “It was a very sweet, kind gesture. We were very proud of them.
“They only hatched the plan on the day but had great fun painting the pebbles and selling them to passers-by.
“They wanted to raise money for a children’s charity and we thought EACH was perfect, because it helps families across Suffolk and also where Lillie lives in Essex.
“Thankfully, people were very generous. The pebbles were being sold for 20p each but many of their customers were happy to give more.”
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. It has three hospices, including The Treehouse, in Ipswich.