Rais­ing a glass to girl’s great charity ef­forts

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - ALEX ROSS CHIEF REPORTER [email protected]­plc.com

AT the age of only 13, young Ge­orgie Bearder has prob­a­bly raised more for charity than most peo­ple in their life­time.

Hav­ing started fundrais­ing aged 10 with £250, she has now taken her to­tal to an amaz­ing £3,351.45 with her lat­est ef­fort, rais­ing £2,000.

The school­girl spent hours paint­ing 500 glasses, turn­ing them into trophies, for South West Agility Train­ing.

All the money she has raised has gone to South West Ger­man Shep­herd Res­cue. The charity is close to her heart hav­ing given her an exRo­ma­nian street dog called Bella when she was 10.

“I’m so, so proud of her,” said her mother Julie.

“Peo­ple say to her, ‘don’t you want to keep some of the money for your­self?’ But Ge­orgie is de­voted to help­ing more res­cued dogs, it is all she wants to do.

“She is con­cerned about the plight of un­wanted dogs both here and abroad. Her dog mo­bilised a pas­sion within her to help.

“It all started with a £250 tar­get, and has since gone on to more than £3,000. I don’t know when she will stop. It is amaz­ing, re­ally.”

Ge­orgie lives with her par­ents in Stroud and at­tends Stroud High girls school. After be­ing given her dog, Bella, she went about rais­ing her ini­tial tar­get of £250 through glass paint­ing and mak­ing a cake to sell at a Christ­mas fair. Us­ing sten­cils, she paints dog themed de­signs on the side of the glass.

The work saw her reach the tar­get of £500 by the age of 11.

Last year she con­tin­ued her work, haul­ing around wa­ter bar­rels at dog shows across the coun­try. At one show, in Wye Val­ley, she raised £128 for seven hours’ work.

This year, South West Agility Train­ing saw her talent in paint­ing glasses and of­fered to pay her £2,000 for 500.

Mrs Bearder said: “Each glass took nine min­utes to do, so you can imag­ine how long she spent paint­ing them all. It was some achieve­ment by her, and the money raised again is fan­tas­tic.”

Aside from her char­i­ta­ble work, Ge­orgie has also qual­i­fied for Crufts Young Ken­nel Club in 2017 and this year. She hopes to be back next year.

Mrs Bearder said: “I want to high­light the hard work, self­less at­ti­tude and so­cial aware­ness of my lit­tle girl.”

Ge­orgie Bearder, 13with some of the glasses she painted and left with dog Bella

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.