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Fundraisers go above and beyond for Dudley charity

By Harriet Evans | Coseley | Coronavirus | Published:

The achievements of a number of dedicated young fundraisers are being celebrated.

Reuben Russell completed 20 walks

Last month, Dudley Stroke Association launched its 20k for 2020 challenge, aiming to raise £20,000 to help it continue the work it does in the borough.

Organisers challenged participants to do 20 of something throughout the month of June, ideas included doing 20 walks, reading 20 books, having 20 lie ins or even baking 20 cakes.

Teacher Lucy Morris, who has raised thousands to provide PPE and care packages for frontline staff, challenged her friends and their children to take part in the challenge and 'beat the boredom of Covid-19'.

A number of youngsters have risen to the challenge, helping to raise hundreds for the charity.

Anne Adams, trustee and secretary, said: "Dudley Stroke is a local charity supporting people and families after stroke.

Fantastic

"Like all charities funding is difficult in these times so we launched our 20k for 2020 challenge in June. It has been fantastic.

"Reuben Russell, aged five, decided to do 20 walks, his 20th being 5.8 miles from his home in Coseley to Netherton, and raised the fantastic sum of £676.

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"Jensen Price, threw and kicked his ball into a hoop 20 times and raised £240, not forgetting Charlie who solved 20 Rubik's cubes in 10 minutes and sister Daisy drawing 20 pictures to save animals.

"Some Dudley Stroke Group members have also been taking part.

Nalini climbed her stairs 20 times

"Nalini who suffered a stroke four years ago, initially came to our exercise group in a wheelchair but now walks short distances with a stick, decided to climb her stairs 20 times, with the help of her family and friends. A great achievement which raised £1,600.

"Their achievements makes my 20k, by walking 200 laps of my garden pale into significance, and our manager, Laura Martin’s 20k walk last Sunday."

The challenge is ongoing until the end of July, to take part visit dudleystrokeassociation.org.uk

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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