Two Rickmansworth School pupils have raised over £1,500 by completing the challenge of walking a marathon for the charity Hertfordshire Mind Network.
Ellie and Olivia, aged 13, embarked on their 26-mile walk last month to raise money for the mental health charity MIND, which they feel has been an important cause for many people over the past year.
Ellie’s mum, Sam Welch said: “We are all really delighted for them. They decided to do it completely off their own backs and were so committed, they set a date and would have completed the marathon in rain or shine.”
Thanks to generous donations, the girls have smashed their target of £600 and raised over £1,500 for Hertfordshire Mind Network, who support adults and young people who are experiencing mental health issues.
Ellie and Olivia explained on their fundraising page: “We are two thirteen-year-old girls who want to help people who are struggling with their mental health through the lockdown period.
“So we want to challenge ourselves by walking a marathon. Our donations are going towards this charity to help others that need extra support.
“We would be really appreciative if you could donate, even if it is a pound or two anything will help. Our goal is a large amount of money (£600) but if we reach it this could pay for 10 mental health awareness assemblies in local schools which would reach up to approx 1,500 students.”
Ellie and Olivia’s fundraiser is still open for donations at justgiving.com/fundraising/ellie-olivia-walkamarathon