Inspirational 10 year old Alicia, raised over £2500 for Henshaws by walking 60 miles, blind-folded

10 year old Alicia Wright has limited sight in one eye and her parents Lisa and Phil said the experience of getting her eyes tested made them more aware of challenges facing blind people.

Earlier this year, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the pupil of Forest Preparatory School in Timperley, embarked on a blind-folded trek from Blackpool Tower to Old Trafford, accompanied by her dad on foot and her mum in the family’s blue Volkswagen Passat.

Alicia completed this challenge and amazingly raised over £2500 for Henshaws, smashing her £1500 target. Alicia's mother Lisa Wright tells us more:

Alicia school portrait pic“My daughter has always been a very caring, conscientious person who is passionate about helping others and so we weren’t at all surprised when she told us that she wanted to help raise money for charity.

So on Saturday the 23rd of May over the bank holiday weekend my daughter walked from Blackpool Tower to Old Trafford, a distance of 60 miles, wearing a blindfold and being led by her dad on foot and me behind in the family car to raise awareness and money for Henshaws.

Alicia and Lisa family picAlicia was inspired to help Henshaws following an eye test she had taken when she was  about five or six. During this routine visit the optician noticed that she had reduced sight in one eye. Several attempts were made to improve things but she still has limited vision today. The experience highlighted to her that things could be much worse and over the years, she realised that, if something happened to her good eye, she would need the support of a charity. From that moment on she was determined to help and got in touch with Henshaws.

I have to be honest and say that it was much tougher than we thought but we received tremendous support along the way. The fundraising team at Henshaws had managed to get some media coverage and so strangers were pulling up in their cars and giving us donations. We were over-whelmed by their support and the affection expressed for Alicia and what she was trying to do.

Alicia Blindfolded walkIt was with some relief when we arrived at the head office of Henshaws in Old Trafford at the end of our challenge. I know a mother shouldn’t really indulge in praise for their own daughter’s achievements but I cannot begin to tell you how proud and inspired I was by what Alicia had done.

We were very privileged to meet Beth, a Henshaws service user, who had benefited from what we had raised. It was wonderful to see the real impact that Alicia’s achievement had made on the life of another and she is already planning her next challenge.”

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It is absolutely wonderful that there are people as kind and considerate as Alicia who would give up their bank holiday weekend to do such a great thing. What she achieved can literally change the lives of others. She is an inspiration to us all.”

Quote from Henshaws service user Beth

Image of Alicia and Beth - fundraiser and volunteer

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