Lilly-May steps out for Red Nose Day

)''Mary Rose School pupil Lilly-May Hanvey (13) took part in a sponsored walk  raising just under �100 for Comic Relief.
)''Mary Rose School pupil Lilly-May Hanvey (13) took part in a sponsored walk raising just under �100 for Comic Relief.
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CARING teenager Lilly-May Hanvey proves there is no end to the things you can do to help people less fortunate than yourselves this Red Nose Day.

The big-hearted 13-year-old, who has autism, went on a three-mile sponsored walk to raise money for Comic Relief with the help of her teaching assistant Jade Leggett.

Following that feat Lilly-May did a sponsored silence and is looking forward to giving more than £100 to good causes.

Jade, who teaches at the Mary Rose School, in Southsea, which Lilly-May attends, said: ‘I have explained to Lilly-May in simple ways how the money is going to help other children, using pictures on the computer.

‘I’ve worked with Lilly-May for about three years now and she is a very special young lady.

‘She absolutely loved the walk because she loves walking.

‘All the passers-by were congratulating her .

‘She was happy to have a chat with them, in her own little way, and gave them all smiles. The half-an-hour silence may not seem much to others but for Lilly-May it is a really big deal.

‘She is non-verbal and mostly communicates by gestures, objects of reference which allows people to understand what she is asking for.

‘Most of all she loves to scream, shout and laugh. She is a beautiful, happy young lady who can bring a smile to anybody’s face.

‘She is a delightful young lady. It just goes to show you can do anything you put your mind to.’

Lilly-May, from Stamshaw, carried bright-red balloons along the journey and gave curious members of the public who asked what she was up to lots of smiles along the way.

All the money she raised will go towards the cash raised by other children and staff at her school who are doing a number of events for Comic Relief.

People across the area are gearing up for the big day on Friday when the weird and wonderful will become the norm for 24 hours.

Join us tomorrow for live coverage of Red Nose Day in the Portsmouth area.

We’ve got £50,000 of Comic Relief cash to give away.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 and there’s still plenty of time to get your application in. It is a simple process and the deadline is March 16.

Groups eligible to apply need to:

Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area within the specified boundaries

Be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 (in the last year) run by local people

To apply on behalf of your group, go to hantscf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/red-nose-day-community-cash.aspx

Grants will not be awarded to:

Individuals

Statutory organisations, including PCTs and schools

Groups which are not constituted

Fund buses, minibuses or other community transport schemes

Fund building costs including access adaptations to buildings.