Being stuck in the house hasn’t stopped little bookworm Ava Massey from helping others.
The kind-hearted five-year-old from Hoghton has completed a fundraising challenge of reading 101 books in one day to raise money for the children at Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Ava set her sights on the mammoth task after hearing about the work of the charity and deciding to do something “to help the poorly children get better”.
The miniature hero worked her way through books by her favourite authors including classics such as The Gruffalo and The Tiger who came to tea.
She began the task at breakfast time, reading in her princess pyjamas while eating toast.
Throughout the day she enlisted the help of friends and family who read along with her on FaceTime video calls, finally finishing the challenge with a bedtime read with her mum.
“I’m so proud of her my heart might burst,” said her mum, Jen Massey.
Ava’s big read raised a whopping £530, which will go towards helping care for more than 400 children with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.
Sarah Proctor, Community Fundraiser at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard about Ava’s challenge – I don’t think many adults could even read 101 books in just one day!
“We’re so proud of Ava’s efforts and on behalf of all the children and young people at Derian House we want to thank her for raising so much money. She is a very special little girl.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting illnesses from across the North West. The charity must raise 93p in every £1 and so relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.
Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk or social media pages @derianhouse for more details.
To donate to Ava’s fundraising appeal visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jen-massey