500 mile challenge youngster ‘proclaims’ victory by smashing fundraising target

Amelie Bull's friends and family joined her for a fundraising walk in Framlingham Picture: RACHEL ED

Amelie Bull's friends and family joined her for a fundraising walk in Framlingham Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk schoolgirl aiming to walk 500 miles for hospice EACH has reached her initial fundraising goal.

Amelie Bull, 11, from Pettaugh, is coming to the end of the first month of her Challenge 500 campaign which will see her run and walk 500 miles by the end of 2019.

Amelie was inspired by the work of EACH’s patron, the Duchess of Cambridge.

After a visit to the hospice’s Treehouse centre in Ipswich, Amelie decided that she wanted to help with her very own fundraising project.

So far, the Framlingham College Prep School pupil has completed around 60 miles of her 500 mile target.

The latest leg of the walk took place in Framlingham Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The latest leg of the walk took place in Framlingham Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant


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A group of Amelie’s friends and family joined her for a 3.5 mile tour around Framlingham for the latest stage of her walk.

“We had around 20 people,” said Amelie. “That was amazing.”

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Amelie has been surprised by the response to her fundraising. She had hoped to raise around £500 for EACH with any more money being considered a bonus.

“We have raised over £900 so far and it is only January. It’s like a dream come true already and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Amelie was joined by family and friends for the walk Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Amelie was joined by family and friends for the walk Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

There’s still a long way to go for the youngster who has about 440 miles still to complete in the next 11 months but she remains determined to reach her goal.

“I am definitely feeling confident,” said Amelie. “I hope that I am able to do it.”

Amelie’s mum Alice has also been impressed with the generosity shown towards Amelie and her challange.

“It’s incredible,” said Mrs Bull. “It’s hard to believe. She is so determined and desperate to meet this target. I will have to extend this target they way she is going.”

Amelie has smashed her fundraising target for EACH Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Amelie has smashed her fundraising target for EACH Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

Amelie will be organising another fundraising group walk in Debenham in the next few weeks with details to be announced on Instagram.

As well as the challenge, Amelie and her family are also organising a fundraising ball at Eastern Grange later this year.

Her family are looking for sponsors for the event. Anyone that is able to help is asked to email alicebull@btinternet.com.

To donate to Amelie’s fundraiser or follow her progress you can find her on Instagram as challenge500_2019, Strava as Challenge 500 or visit her JustGiving page.

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