11 year old Alicia smashes her fundraising target
11 year old fundraiser Alicia, from Timperley, reached Old Trafford stadium on Monday 6th June after a ten day trek to help raise money for Henshaws - originally aiming to raise £3000, but has so far managed to raise a phenomenal £12,000!
Alicia was inspired to raise money as she was diagnosed with sight loss in one eye when she was five years old. Last year, she completed a fundraising walk from Liverpool to Manchester blindfolded, and this year wanted to carry on the challenge to the next step with a 10 day, 180 mile challenge.
Alicia’s Mum Lisa led her on the walk, which took them through Bedfordshire, Towcester, Rugby, Staffordshire, Cheadle and Macclesfield. Her dad Phil followed behind them in the car, and they were joined by her little sister Francesca as she crossed the finish line at the Old Trafford stadium.
Alicia set a target of raising £3,000 for Henshaws and, after comedian Jason Manford shared their story with his 1,306,000 Facebook fans, her fundraising total soared.
Over £12,000 including gift aid has been raised so far!
Lisa, Alicia’s mum, says: “I can’t believe we’ve made it, I’m so proud of my daughter. She’s had to put up with my singing all the way and is still smiling. We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction and kindness shown by people on our journey and we have made lots of new friends.
“The Facebook post from Jason Manford has transformed our total and we are so grateful to him and everyone who has donated. If Jason ever wants to come round to the house I’d love to cook him a meal to say thank you.”
Thank you so much to everyone who’s donated and supported – if you’d like to see some of the stories you’ve helped, please check out our latest fundraising newsletter. If you’d still like to show your support, please visit her JustGiving page.
Check out photos from their walk below:
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