Charity champion Jess wants to make a wish come true

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Jess Ridge has been busy raising money for charity for two years – despite only being 10 years old.

After collecting more than £8,000 for Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK, she has now set her sights on making a terminally ill youngster’s wish come true.

With the help of her devoted family, the Hambledon schoolgirl is organising numerous fundraising events this year to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In 2009 Jess’s first fundraising event – a barbecue in her back garden – attracted 200 people and was opened by television presenter Fred Dinenage. Now every year she picks a different charity to support and sets about writing letters to ask for prizes and support.

She said: ‘I decided to help Make-A-Wish because they do lots of great things for children. If we raise £4,000 we can pay to make a big wish come true, like a trip to Disneyland.

‘I thought that if I was sick I would like someone to do the same and help me.’

Jess and her family will hold a golf day on August 5 at Petersfield Golf Course and a fashion show in Portsmouth on August 16.

Friends and family will do a 35-mile cycle ride, a bungee jump from Tower Bridge in London, a swim across the Solent and the Great South Run.

Jess’s Mum, Lara, said: ‘I am so proud of her, the fact that she wants to keep doing this every year is amazing.’ Donate at justgiving.com/A-Touch-of-Magic-0.

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