Toy re­jec­tion is spark for teen’s spon­sored walk

Hos­pi­tal un­able to ac­cept do­na­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.

Photo by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­ NL201411054

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