Seven-year-old Bethan Lerwill from Shipton Under Wychwood is skipping away her worries to raise money to help send NHS and frontline workers on a much-needed holiday.
Bethan is taking part in YHA’s Time for the Frontline challenge which aims to raise more than £200,000 to give 900 NHS and frontline workers a two-night B&B break in a youth hostel.
YHA’s Time for the Frontline challenge is a virtual event and is part of YHA’s Project90 appeal celebrating its 90th anniversary.
She has pledged to skip for a total of 100 minutes to raise money for YHA’s appeal. Originally Bethan hoped to raise £100 but she has already smashed her target.
Bethan said: “I feel grateful for the NHS and I want to say a BIG thank you to the NHS workers and all their staff by raising money to send them on a holiday.
“I have stayed at a lot of youth hostels with my mum, dad and brother and know that they will have a good time. My favourite youth hostel is in Keswick in the Lake District.”
Each day Bethan does two five-minute skipping sessions and is already half-way to meeting her 100-minute target. As well as counting the minutes, Bethan is also counting the skips!
“I really like skipping as it gets your worries away. I feel quite puffed out after I have done my skipping, but I feel happy,” said Bethan.
She was inspired to do the challenge by her friend who took to monkey bars to raise money for a wildlife charity. Even Bethan’s 10-year-old brother Joseph is getting active to help fundraise and he is doing a marathon in six days to raise money for Katherine House Hospice.
Bethan’s dad, Ben Lerwill added: “We’re all very proud of Bethan and her brother. They are keeping family and friends up-to-date with their progress via Facetime each day.”
James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England & Wales) said: “We are tremendously grateful to Bethan and everyone taking part in our Time for the Frontline challenge; they are making a real difference to our fundraising efforts.”
You can donate here to support Bethan’s fundraising.
You can sign up to YHA’s Time for the Frontline challenge here. Simply make a donation, choose a physical activity and set a time target.
A donation of only £20 will also secure participants a special limited edition anniversary medal celebrating YHA’s 90th birthday, however all donations are welcome.