A Saint Benedict CVA student and her brother have raised over £1,000 for charity by completing more than 290,000 steps – or around 130 miles – between them in three weeks.
Chloe, 11, and Jack Cheshire, nine, (both pictured below) originally set a target of achieving 3,000 steps between them in 21 days, with the aim of raising £200.
Now the pair have completed the challenge and well and truly beat their goal by racking up 290,498 steps and raising £1,120 – their highest daily steps total was 18,012.
The money raised will go to Doorways Derby, which provides food and clothes to the homeless but is now delivering food packages to those in need.
Chloe and Jack’s mum Michelle Bestwick said that she was incredibly proud.
She said: “When they set out to raise £200 they thought they would struggle to do that because times are hard. They’ve been counting their steps every day for three weeks and they are so pleased with the amount raised; I’m very proud of them, it’s unbelievable really. It was all their own idea, it came from their own minds. Now they are making cards to go with the donations that Doorways will provide. They will be included with a food parcel and hopefully they might just put a little smile on a person’s face.”
Chloe and Jack’s stepdad also took part in the ice bucket challenge to raise an extra £200.
Doorways posted a thankyou to Chloe and Jack on its Facebook page with a video which read:
“Well done and thankyou from everyone at Doorways.”
Mr Gritton said that Chloe and Jack’s effort was incredible.
He said: “Chloe and Jack have really impressed everyone by coming up with this fundraising idea and then by raising such a massive amount of money which will go to help people in need. They should be very proud of themselves.”