Toy rejection is spark for teen’s sponsored walk
Hospital unable to accept donation
CHALLENGE: Emma-Beth Lacey A GENEROUS teenager is to take on a challenge to raise money for charity.
Emma-Beth Lacey, 16, of Gregory Road, Hedgerley, is being sponsored to walk a half marathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
She came up with the plan after being told she could not donate her old toys to the charity because of health regulations.
Emma-Beth, formerly a pupil of the Beaconsfield School, who now attends Wycombe High School, said: “When I was little my mum would always tell me that Great Ormond Street Hospital runs solely off donations and how wonderful they are.
“So when I got a little bit older I outgrew some of my toys and decided I would give the toys to children who are poorly as a present to keep them smiling.
“I emailed Great Ormond Street, and received a reply telling me that they would love to accept the toys but due to health regulations are not allowed to.”
Not to be deterred, Emma-Beth is to take on the walk on Saturday, November 15.
She has been raising money for the event and collecting money while doing her weekend job working at her grandad’s shop, the Handyman, in Farnham Common.
She has raised more than £500 so far and is hoping for more.
Her grandmother, Elizabeth Putt, of Farnham Common, said: “Emma-Beth has been really keen to do something for Great Ormond Street, and since she came up with the idea of doing the sponsored walk, the response we’ve had has been unbelievable.
“She’s been doing lots of training, and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s a really nice thing of her to have organised.”
Go to www.justgiving. com/Emma-Beth-Lacey if you would like to donate.