13/06/2017 12:23 BST

The Pyjama Fund: Two Girls Fundraise To Buy Onesies And Soft Toys For Children Less Fortunate

'Having something to wrap up into makes you feel warm and safe inside.' 💕

Two young sisters have launched their own initiative to give children less fortunate than themselves cosy pyjamas and soft toys.

Lexie Winfield, 12, and her sister Ines, 11, from Beaconsfield, launched ‘The Pyjama Fund’ in August 2016 as a way to care for vulnerable children.

The girls came up with the idea themselves, when they were on holiday with a friend and were sat outside in their onesies.

“Even though it was cold outside, the onesies kept us warm and gave us a feeling of comfort and security,” the girls told HuffPost UK.

“We then began to think about those who were less fortunate than ourselves, and didn’t have access to brand new, clean pyjamas, onesies and soft toys, and we wanted to change that.” 

Ines (L) and her sister Lexie (R).

Through their initiative, The Pyjama Fund, the girls work with projects run by charities to ensure onesies get to the children who need them most.

The girls fundraise through a variety of different means, then use the money to purchase onesies, pyjamas, cuddly toys, blankets and other comforters for vulnerable children.

Once they’ve done this, they pass these donations on to the charity partners, including The Children’s Society and Action for Children.

“We know that having something you can wrap up into, that makes you feel warm and safe inside, can be so important to children who have hard lives,” they said.

ThePyjama Fund is important to us as it helps other children who may not be in a good living situation.

“We put in a lot of work, but getting to see something you’ve worked hard at come to life, and help children at the same time, really is a very rewarding thing to do.”

Lexie and Ines with a donation from M&S to The Pyjama Fund.

Throughout the past year, the girls have worked with Merryfields, a children’s home providing short break services; Beaconsfield’s Children Centre (run by Action For Children) and a project in London called Family Voice, helping refugee families.

They have also had donations from Next and M&S, after the high street retailers heard about their fundraising. 

Donation from Next to The Pyjama Fund.

“In the next year, we hope to find other charities that we could work with to help even more children have something of their own to keep them feeling safe and warm,” the sisters said. 

You can find more information on The Pyjama Fund website or donate on their GoFundMe page

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