A cat-loving 8-year-old who battles anxiety has walked the equivalent of a marathon and raised over £1000 in just 5 days.
Charlotte White, who lives in Ryde, was inspired by her mum Michaela’s fundraising for local causes and decided to set herself a target on 1st April of walking 26.2 miles, the distance of a marathon, within a week and hoped to raise £100 for Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Centre at the same time.
Not only has Charlotte refused to let her anxiety and related conditions hold her back, she has raised more than 10 times what she set out to raise for the charity and also completed the distance on 5th April, 2 days earlier than she planned.
“A week ago I never would have imagined that we would spend the next five days walking a marathon! I am honestly so impressed with Charlotte for her determination to keep going, even though at times she found it incredibly hard. I have been involved in fundraising through my work for many years and now it appears that my daughter is up for a challenge as much as me!”
Including GiftAid, Charlotte has raised £1207.50 for Cats Protection’s centre on Marlborough Road to-date – a sum which will keep 232 cats at the centre fully fed for 26 days, the average time a cat currently stays in the centre’s care from the moment it arrives to the moment it is adopted.
Inspired by her own cats Harry and Bushka who her family adopted from the centre, Charlotte took a variety of routes including along Ryde Seafront, through Brading Marshes and on the final day from Yaverland to Ventnor via the coastal path and through Devil’s Chimney. She even managed to pause to make a sandcastle and enjoy a chocolate milkshake during one of her treks and covered different distances each day, building up to her final push of 8.58 miles on the last day.
“The walk was good and I’m glad I helped the cats. I picked Cats Protection because I really love animals and when the centre was open for visitors I liked going in and looking at the cats as it is really close to my house.
“We got 2 of our cats from there and they also sent me some information about a poorly cat that needed an operation and how I was helping and it made me feel really good. I would do it again 1 day – but not anytime soon!”
Jo Morrison, Deputy Manager at the Isle of Wight Adoption Centre, says:
“We are absolutely blown away by Charlotte’s perseverance and kindness. From all the staff, volunteers and of course the cats in our care we’d like to say a massive thank you to her. It was lovely seeing her progress and we were so impressed when she finished the route early.
“We were also so grateful to see so many kind people get behind her and sponsor her, it will make such a difference to the many cats who come through our doors.”
To help Charlotte continue exceeding her target and support local cats visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cw-marathon or to find out more about Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Centre visit www.cats.org.uk/isleofwight or call 03000 120 251.