Gearing up for fundraising bid

MHDE-09-09-11 FUNDRAISER SEP37 (3)'Pictured is Amy Cairns ( 12 ), who is doing a cycle ride, and an afternoon tea event, to raise money for charity.
MHDE-09-09-11 FUNDRAISER SEP37 (3)'Pictured is Amy Cairns ( 12 ), who is doing a cycle ride, and an afternoon tea event, to raise money for charity.

A YOUNG girl from Church Stowe is gearing up for a challenging 25-mile cycle ride for charity.

Amy Cairns, 12, will be turning to pedal power on Sunday, September 25 to boost funds for the Rainbows hospice for children and young people.

This is in addition to already organising an afternoon tea and raffle which was held on Sunday in aid of the same charity.

When the youngster was asked to raise the funds for the charity of her choice as part of her final year at Spratton Hall School she found inspiration from a friend.

Amy said: “A friend of mine is friends with someone who is at Rainbows, and she and I are amazed with the work they do.

“They provide a place here for children who don’t have long to live and their families can receive their help and support.

The hospice serves the entire East Midlands and it needs to raise more than £4 million just to keep it open. This to me seemed a very worthy cause.”

But for keen cyclist Amy, she was looking for a challenge.

She added: “I was looking for something that was a challenge for me and I thought a 25-mile race was about the right distance. I didn’t want to say I would do something and then just back out of it.”

She has also been amazed by people’s generosity in helping her out.

Amy said: “I went around the village and put some leaflets through people’s doors saying I was doing this.

“If they have been doing some clear out, then people would give me stuff for the raffles and a few people have already donated. I hope to be able to raise a lot more.”

She raised £300 at the afternoon teas with more funds still coming in.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so by emailing acairns@intrinsys.co.uk.