Meet the next fundraising generation: Inspirational children taking on huge challenges to support children living on the edge.
We are often stunned when we hear about the incredible achievements of some of our youngest supporters. Children who take on epic challenges to support children in challenging situations, so that they can learn, play, grow and be given the same opportunities in life, like access to education, that our young supporters have.
In the past few months, children have cycled, walked and even designed t-shirts to help make a difference. Read on to see how this inspiring group of children are becoming the next fundraising generation and helping bring hope, life, colour and fun to the children we work with.
Since completing her challenge, Bess won best fundraiser for May in the The Body Shop at Home’s Team Beltane Region and received some treats from The Body Shop as a prize. Rather than keeping them, Bess decided to raffle them off to raise even more money for Children on the Edge, and she’s now thinking of ideas for her next challenge!
Mini activist Caitlin designs her very own Tshirt
When The Body Shop at Home Activist Ambassador Lisa Gannon set her region a challenge to design posters highlighting a key Body Shop value, 8-year-old Caitlin knew that she wanted to showcase the Body Shop value that everyone is beautiful.
Caitlin considered all of the different reasons why people might think they’re not beautiful and included them in her design to show that everyone is beautiful. When Sioned Hughes spotted Caitlin’s design on social media, she thought it was so fantastic that she got it printed onto a t-shirt for Cailtin to wear.
This gave Lisa the idea to get some more t-shirts printed with Caitlin’s design on them and use them to help raise money for Children on the Edge. Lisa and Caitlin’s mum Emma are now both proud owners of t-shirts as are many others in The Body Shop at Home’s ‘Region Reign’.
Florrie and Lewis’s 20 mile bike ride
8-year-old Florrie told us that helping children to be safe and access education was her inspiration to take on an epic 20 mile bike ride for Children on the Edge. She said "I want all children to be able to be educated and grow up to do whatever they want, just like I'm able to! All children deserve this and to be kept safe and healthy.
Not only was Florrie inspired to take on a challenge for COTE, after telling her friend Lewis about the challenge and why she was doing it, 11-year-old Lewis decided to join Florrie for her 20 mile cycle.
When the big day came along, the weather had changed, and it was one of the hottest days of the year. Florrie’s mum Emma said “It was blooming hot and at times stupidly hard on the canal path. Both Florrie and Lewis had falls at mile 7 but they didn’t give up! Florrie and Lewis absolutely smashed their ride completing a full 26miles in 24 degree heat.”
Florrie and Lewis have both smashed their fundraising targets for the ride, raising over £2,300 for Children on the Edge.