Bringing us some lockdown inspiration this month is seven-year-old Hattie from Berkeley, Gloucestershire. In between homeschooling, Hattie has taken on her own huge challenge, all in aid of her local air ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).
With most people striving to reach 10,000 steps a day during lockdown, Hattie has taken this and gone above and beyond – setting herself the challenge of completing 750,000 steps across the month of February, by walking, running, cycling and horseriding. That’s almost 27,000 steps and over 10 miles of exercise a day!
Exceeding her step count most days, Hattie reached her target of 750,000 a day and a half early, with 41,000 steps in just one day!
Her step count isn’t the only thing Hattie is exceeding. Having set herself a fundraising target of £500 at the beginning of her challenge, Hattie was blown away when she checked her JustGiving page to see she had raised over £10,000 for her local air ambulance!
Hattie chose to take on this challenge for GWAAC after her mother was part of the organising committee for Mellow in the Meadow festival, which has raised over £6,000 for the charity to date and saw them visit the airbase back in 2019.
Despite the cold weather we have been having over the past few weeks, Hattie has persevered with her challenge, wrapping up warm in lots of layers and wearing heated insoles, and even managed to wear her dog, Puddle, out after a 27,000 step walk!
Hattie’s father, Nelson, said: “Hattie has battled through crazy pitch dark walks to freezing cold cycling – we had to buy her heated insoles for the chill blains. She has fallen asleep at the dinner table, on the sofa, all things out of character for this little girl. We are very proud of her and the level of sponsorship is amazing.”
If you’d like to support and congratulate Hattie on her challenge for GWAAC, you can do so here.
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