Mar 05

10-Year-Old Raises £5,000 For Disabled Children’s Charity!

Matthew

A ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy from Melton Mowbray has successfully raised nearly £5,000 for a disabled children’s charity by doing a five-mile sponsored walk – the furthest she has ever managed.

Kaci Chapman made a birthday wish to raise money for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, which supplies specialist equipment such as beds, seats, wheelchairs, buggies, walking frames and car seats for disabled and terminally ill children, In Your Area reports.

Her mum Kym said: “Kaci was very excited and nervous before we set off, but Newlife CEO and co-founder, Sheila Brown, came to see us off, and once we got going there were friends, family and teachers lining parts of the route, in a socially distanced way, to cheer us on.

“There were lots of people we didn’t know supporting us on the route too. We were very emotional by the time we got home, and Kaci was tired, but she soon bounced back!”

Ms Brown spoke of how thankful she was for Kaci and her family’s support, saying that it has been difficult for the charity over recent months because some of its services have seen a doubling of demand. Some stores have been closed temporarily and many fundraisers cancelled.

Recent research from Nottingham Trent University, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Sheffield Hallam University found that the pandemic could see one in ten charities forced to close within 12 months.

The financial impact of the crisis has left almost 40 per cent of charities and community groups in increasing difficulties, so it’s truly heartening to hear of stories like Kaci’s sponsored walk.

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