FIVE-YEAR-OLD Carmela Chillery-Watson braved the cold to sell cakes for charity on Saturday. And she raised £152 in the space of an hour and a half of brisk trading.

The youngster, who has muscular dystrophy set up her stand outside the Co-op on High Street, Market Lavington.

"We had a lot of cakes,at least 100 of them" said her mum Lucy. "They seemed to sell very quickly, which is great."

Carmela managed to raise £180 at a similar cake sale last year, and the money will go towards research funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Carmela, who suffers from a rare form of the disease, has recently received a £20,000 off road 4x4 X8 Extreme powerchair in hot pink. It was bought with the help of community fundraising and from Variety Children’s Trust, The Finlay Foundation and Joseph Patrick Trust at Muscular Dystrophy UK.

She was diagnosed when she was just 18 months old and since then her parents Lucy and Darren have been doing everything to ensure she leads an active life.