Young Hampshire fundraisers do their own race for life

WALKERS From left, Harriet Griffiths, Emily Ottley, Charlotte Marshall and Phoebe Harris
WALKERS From left, Harriet Griffiths, Emily Ottley, Charlotte Marshall and Phoebe Harris
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KIND-HEARTED youngsters organised a charity walk and raised more than £170 for cancer research.

Emily Ottley, Harriet Griffiths, Charlotte Marshall and Phoebe Harris, all aged 14, decided to organise their own challenge after narrowly missing the deadline to register for the Race for Life.

Instead, the friends took on a sponsored three-and-a-half-mile trek through the forest at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle.

Emily, of Woodberry Lane, Rowlands Castle, said: ‘It was an enjoyable walk. The scenery was lovely and we had good weather, which made it a bit easier.’

Emily took part in the walk in memory of her grandfather who died from cancer three years ago.

She added: ‘I’ve wanted to do something like this ever since he died but I was too young then.

‘Now I’m at the age where I can start doing things for charity and it’s great to be able to do it with my friends.’

Thanks to generous donations the girls exceeded their expectations, by raising more than three times their original target of £50.

Charlotte, of Greenfield Crescent, Cowplain, said: ‘We’re happy we managed to raise so much money because it means we can help more people than we thought we could.’

Phoebe, of Catherington Lane, Horndean, added: ‘It feels like much more of an achievement because we planned it all ourselves.

‘We’re so proud that it worked so well.’

The girls hope their efforts will encourage other youngsters to raise money for good causes.

Harriet, of Kingscote Road, Cowplain, said: ‘It’s important that as many people as possible hold events for charity because it’s the main way they get their money.

‘Hopefully by doing this we’ve encouraged other young people to do an event and shown that we can make a difference too.’

They are now in training to take part in next year’s Race for Life in Portsmouth.