Pupil uses spare time to organise sponsored walk for Rowans Hospice

The Cottrell family and their friends doing a sponsored walk to Southsea
The Cottrell family and their friends doing a sponsored walk to Southsea
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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A Six-week summer holiday can seem like a long time for some children and they can find themselves running out of things to do.

One family from Cosham took it upon themselves to do something positive over the summer break and raised money for charity.

The Cottrell family, from Chatsworth Avenue, got a group of their friends together to take part in a sponsored walk for the Rowans Hospice.

The idea came after Michelle Cottrell, 40, saw her daughter Lucy, 13, and one of her friends try to start a bake sale but without much luck.

‘I remember looking out the window and seeing they hadn’t sold very many cakes,’ said Michelle.

‘But Lucy was insistent that she wanted to do something for charity as she had so much spare time over the holidays.

‘As we only live around the corner from the Rowans Furniture Shop at Cosham, we went along there for inspiration.

‘We came up with the idea of a sponsored walk and as we were doing it for the Rowans, they kindly gave us a fundraising pack with T-­shirts to wear during the walk.’

Michelle was joined on the walk by her husband Dave and son Josh, along with her children’s friends from school 
– Preston Abery, Beth Caizley, Harry Baillie, John Rogers, Jack Rogers, Alfie Burgess and Taiya-­Mai Lees.

The group set off from the Cottrell’s house in Chatsworth Avenue at 10am, before making their way down to Clarence Pier, Southsea, and turning around for the return journey.

The group aims to collect £300 for the charity.

With some aching legs and blistered feet, Michelle said she was proud of her children for coming up with such a good way to spend their school holidays.

‘It was all the children’s choice,’ she added. ‘And at the end of it I couldn’t have been more proud of them.

‘Lucy has already said to me that she wants to do something similar again next year and maybe do it for a different charity.’