Selfless Chloe, nine, gives up birthday to help feed homeless people and pets


A nine-year-old didn’t ask for a computer, a phone or fancy toys for her birthday.

Instead, Chloe Placencia, from Oval in Kennington, asked her parents if the family could do something to help those less fortunate instead of asking for anything for herself.

Chloe’s goes to St Peter’s Eaton Square CofE Primary School near Victoria railway station, and there are homeless people around the area – who Chloe wanted to help.

So she spent her birthday giving food to the homeless, dog biscuits to those with animals and just sitting to chat with others. She was awarded a first of its kind prize – £1,000 cash – after being nominated by her teacher, Phoebe Graham, for showing true selflessness.

Chloe was asked to share a presentation about her passion to change the world to every class across the school, inspiring others with her acts of kindness.

Every day children across London undertake, selfless acts. Just Enough, which has run workshops in 679 primary schools in London on challenging social issues – reaching 20,370 children – launched the award to give something back to the amazing, selfless children it comes in to contact with every day.

As the joint winner of the first ever Just Enough Children’s Award, Chloe won a trophy as well as the cash. The money can be used however she wishes to.

The charity has promised to check back in a year to see how she chose to spend it.

Chloe said: “I feel really happy. I’m going to give some money to the school for their new school library, also give some to Westminster Cathedral which is the church I go to, share some money for my family holiday and buy some toys for me and my little sister.

“Any money left I will put in the bank. In the future I want to be a vet and look after animals like dogs. These are my favourite animals.”

Just Enough goes into primary schools and runs workshops on topics including modern slavery, hate crime, county lines, anti-radicalisation and knife crime, helping schools and young people to understand and tackle these issues.

Phil Knight, chief executive and founder, said: “We launched the award to recognise the brilliant children we see at all our Just Enough workshops.

“After reading Chloe’s we felt we had to acknowledge her caring nature and award her as our joint winner.

“Chloe is one of a kind, and the generosity she shows to others is very admirable.

We look forward to checking in with her a year from now to see how she is getting on.”

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