SHE had aimed to raise £100 in a sponsored cycle ride – but instead nine-year-old Caitlin Cawte has raised £727.
The youngster took part in a 15-mile bicycle ride to raise money for the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
The charity supported her and her family, of Beaconsfield Avenue, Cosham, when she was diagnosed with a severe nut allergy at the age of six.
To say thank you, Caitlin cycled 15 miles from her home, down Eastern Road in Portsmouth and along the seafront, before heading back.
And when she returned she was greeted by a welcome party of around 50 people.
Caitlin said: ‘The ride was amazing.
‘It was quite hard on the way back because it was hilly, but I managed to do it.
‘Then when I got home I was surprised by a massive welcoming party for me.
‘I’m glad I did the ride and I’m chuffed with how much money I have managed to raise.’
As well as taking part in the bike ride, Caitlin had also been growing her hair for the past year.
As previously reported in The News, Caitlin had 20cm of her long locks cut off so they could be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children suffering from cancer.
Her mum Kerry, 35, said: ‘She wasn’t expecting the party, so it was great to see the look on her face when she arrived.
‘Her uncle from London also came down, so that was also a surprise for her.
‘We’re all really proud of Caitlin and what she’s achieved with her fundraising.’
For more information about Caitlin’s fundraising, or to donate, go to justgiving.com/caitlin-cawte.