A most inspiring young girls quest to raise money for The Cots for Tots Appeal.

Posted on Apr 28 2015 - 4:42pm by Samantha Clark
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Fund Raising for The Cots for Tots Appeal, The Bristol Hippodrome, Saturday 16th May from 8.45 am

Since the age of 4, Charlotte Geraghty a Year 5 pupil at Knowle Park Primary School has done some amazing things to try and raise money for The Cots for Tots Appeal which helps support the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.

After seeing a poster in the hospital when visiting her Mum and her new born baby brother in 2011, Charlotte asked what the Cots for Tots Appeal was and her mum, Claire, explained that some babies needed help when they were first born. Ever since then all Charlotte wants to do is help the babies, and to date she has raised more than £2,200.00 for the Appeal.

Charlotte loves going to The Bristol Hippodrome to see shows and collect autographs afterwards. In January of this year she was invited down to The Bristol Hippodrome to meet the comedian Andy Ford who was appearing in the pantomime. While standing at the front of the stage looking out into the auditorium, Charlotte asked her mum, “How many seats are there?” Andy heard her and told her just short of 2000. Charlotte then asked, “How long would it take to sit in every seat?” Her mum replied, “I don’t know.” Charlotte then gave a huge grin and said, “Perhaps I could try.” Now her idea is coming to life with her Hippodrome Seat Challenge!

Charlotte said, “I am so excited, I can’t wait for the day to come and it will be brilliant to say I have sat in every single seat. I really want to try and raise lots of money for the Cots for Tots Appeal by completing the challenge!” Charlotte has been practicing hard at home and had a rehearsal at the theatre and her parents know Charlotte will put her heart into her Hippodrome Seat Challenge.

“We couldn’t help but say yes after hearing of Charlotte’s proposed Hippodrome Seat Challenge, especially after meeting her and seeing how enthusiastic she is. Although it’s never been done before, we have no doubt that she’ll be finished by the time the Lord of the Dance matinee starts later that day!”  Sarah Milne, Press Officer, The Bristol Hippodrome.

Anna Shepherd, deputy director, The Cots for Tots Appeal, said, “The Cots for Tots Appeal raises funds to support the world-class work at the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit, as well as to run Cots for Tots House, which provides accommodation free of charge for parents while their babies are receiving treatment. We would not be able to continue to support this very important appeal if it wasn’t for fantastic fundraisers like Charlotte, and we wish her the very best luck for her Hippodrome Seat Challenge!”

To sponsor Charlotte, visit her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/Gingerbreadchallenge .

Charlotte’s previous fundraising adventures

Charlotte’s fundraising adventure first started whilst in her Reception Year at school . She started collecting postcards from all over the world and during her summer holidays asked family & friends to make a donation and guess how many she could collect during that time. The airline Easyjet kindly had postcards made that were given out on their international flights from Bristol during August and Charlotte flew with them to Geneva and handed the postcards out personally.

Charlotte comes up with all her own ideas for fundraising, and her parents try their hardest to help her make them come to life! So far her fundraising adventure has included her very own gingerbread man chase with the kind help of First Great Western Trains who allowed her to travel for six days trying to catch him. She managed to cover 1857 miles over their network, just missing him at the departure gate at Gatwick Airport!

The following year Charlotte set herself three challenges in the summer. The first was an eight-hour Gromit Dash where she managed to visit 64 Gromit statues in that time. For her  next challenge she was invited to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to do a bike ride, managing to complete 18 laps of the pitch in a hour; an experience she will never forget. The following week, and despite hurting her elbow in a bike accident, she did a local bike ride with family and friends, keen not to let her sponsors down.

Last year she was unable to do any more bike rides due to fracturing her foot, but it didn’t stop her raising money. Charlotte came up with a game just in time for the World Cup called World Cup Team Pick, played in schools and businesses all over Bristol helping to raise a lot of money for the Appeal.

No sooner had this game finished her next idea was hatched: Coppers for Cots Month. During November Charlotte tried to get as many schools, nurseries and other businesses as she could to join in and collect as many one and two pence coins as possible. This was such a great success that it is now going to become a yearly event.

In February this year,  Charlotte was awarded The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Young Persons Medal for her on going fundraising for The Cots for Tots Appeal.

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