A Northwood girl has managed to raise over £6,000 for a charity working to help Ukrainian refuges by walking 100 kilometres.
Maanya Singh first decided she wanted to do something after seeing reports on the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Newsround.
Joining her grandmother, who came up with the idea, she decided to do a sponsored walk, raising money for Sikh charity Niskham SWAT, who have been aiding refugees on the Polish border.
Walking around seven miles a day, Maanya and her grandmother achieved her target of 100km and managed to fundraise an incredible £6,651 for the charity’s appeal.
Speaking about her fundraising, Maanya said: “After school, I always tried to find time to walk with my mum or dad and, over the Easter holiday, I walked around 7 miles a day. I achieved my target of 100 kilometres and a bit more.
“Once I started training, I wrote to my friends, letting them know what I was doing and, asking them to sponsor me, which they kindly did!
“Despite being so far away from Ukraine, this was my little way of helping. I hope that peace returns to Ukraine very soon and that its people can return to their homes and get on with their lives. I will pray for them.”
To yourself donate to Niskham SWAT’s Ukraine fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/nishkamswat-ukraine