Hertfordshire schoolgirl hits a thousand bounces

A schoolgirl from Hitchin in Hertfordshire set herself a challenge of bouncing her basketball 1,000 times in a week, in memory of her blind veteran Great Uncle who was supported by us after he lost his sight.

13-year-old Ellie-Mae Spencer, who has Autism alongside a number of other complex disabilities, was inspired to fundraise by Colonel Tom Moore’s achievements and decided to raise money for us because of the support we had given her Great Uncle, Dave, who had served in the RAF and passed away last year.

She says: “My Great Uncle suffered from Macular Degeneration in his later years and I know that Blind Veterans UK did so much to help him. I wanted to do something and give back to the charity that had given him so much.”

Ellie-Mae’s mum, Sarah Spencer, says: “Ellie-Mae was set a project by her school for VE-Day and this is what she wanted to do. It took a lot of perseverance and effort and she even received a commendation from the Head Teacher for the project. We’re extremely proud of her.”

Ellie Mae has raised £417 to date. If you would like to support Ellie Mae to raise even more money for veterans living with sight loss, please visit her Just Giving page.

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