Raising a glass to girl’s great charity efforts
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