Four-year-old Chelsea puts the miles in for charity

Four-year-old Chelsea puts the miles in for charity

By Michael Upton | 09/04/2021

Four-year-old Chelsea puts the miles in for charity

 

LITTLE fundraiser Chelsea Ellis is clocking up the miles to support good causes close to her family’s hearts.

The four-year-old from Catcliffe completed 100 miles on foot during February, before targeting the same distance by bike in both March and April.

She raised £260 for Bone Cancer Research with her efforts on two legs and more than £1,000 for the Rethink mental health charity on two wheels.

Dad Jason Haynes, of Frederick Street, said: “Her mum was unwell when she was younger and when we told Chelsea about it, that was the inspiration for her fundraising.

“She loves going for walks and she loves nature.

“The bike riding idea came up because we were looking for a new charity to help and she has just been learning to ride her bike, so she asked if she could do it on her bike?

“We are looking for different charities to support over the coming months as we know a lot of charities are struggling.”

Mum Keeley said: “Chelsea is doing amazingly. She is home-schooled, so we take her books and sometimes go out riding somewhere nice \_ it makes it all quite fun.

“I did not expect the amount of support that we’ve had. I knew people would want to get involved, with it being mental health, but I never knew it was going to come to this.”

Asked the reason behind the chosen causes, she said: “I have read on social media about cancer patients struggling to get out and get to their appointments, so we were trying to raise a bit of awareness of that as well.

“With Rethink, when I was younger, I had mental health issues and I was at their centre in Rotherham.

“I am doing brilliantly now but I wanted to raise awareness of the support that is out there.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/chelseaellis to make a donation to Chelsea’s appeal page.



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