Gabriella’s walk raises funds for Bristol homeless charity

November 29 2018
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A little girl from Filton has decided to challenge herself and raise funds for a Bristol homeless charity at the same time.

by Keri Beckingham
A little girl from Filton has decided to challenge herself and raise funds for a Bristol homeless charity at the same time.
Gabriella Croker, who’s aged 7 and attends Charborough Road School, recently asked her mum Olivia whether she could raise funds for charity. After talking about different challenges she could complete and causes that she could raise funds for, Gabriella decided to walk 5k in aid of Caring in Bristol, a local charity that supports homeless people by providing night shelters, clothing and food.
Gabriella also loves to bake, and in addition to the walk she also organised a cake sale at school to try and raise some funds. Olivia and Gabriella’s godmother and grandmother contributed cakes to the sale, and Gabriella even baked some cookies herself.
Gabriella and Olivia completed the 5k walk on The Downs on Saturday, October 27. Although the walk started on a beautiful autumnal day, at the 2km mark the heavens opened.
Speaking about the walk and Gabriella’s fundraising, Olivia said: “We got soaked! Nevertheless, Gabriella carried on and was very determined. Along the way we stopped and looked at bugs and also kicked some leaves, and when it rained Gabriella spoke about how awful it must be for people sleeping outside in all weathers, especially at this time of year.
“Overall we completed it in 1 hour and 26 minutes, and my mum and my five-year-old son Alex also came and cheered us on at the end which was lovely.
“Since doing the walk Gabriella has received a lovely thank you letter from Caring in Bristol as well as some information about their cause and some goodies. She has also been congratulated by Charborough Road’s deputy head during their merit assembly and was recently voted to be on the school council by her class peers, which is amazing.
“This whole thing has been her idea and driven completely by her. Other than setting up a Just Giving page, helping bake and joining her on her walk
I’ve done nothing. She’s an amazingly caring little girl
and I’m so proud of her.”
So far Gabriella has managed to raise £380 as part of her challenge, beating her £100 target. Olivia also told Filton Voice that in the New Year Gabriella would like to organise another longer, hillier walk to challenge herself a bit more and raise some more funds.
To find out more and to
make a donation, visit her Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gabriella-croker