A nine year old Whittington schoolgirl has been throwing herself into a whole host of fundraising activities to help seriously ill local children.

Carys Gaskill has collected £137 over the last six months, which she has just presented to Hope House Children’s Hospice at Oswestry.

It all began when she was enjoying a sunny day in the garden and friends offered to sponsor her if she could stand on a block of ice! £15 richer she decided to see how much she could collect to help her local hospice.

A sponsored silence followed, which Carys managed for four hours, and then she and a friend put together a dance and exercise routine that they taught to their friends at Whittington Brownies. Soon Carys’s charity pot had passed £100!

“I really enjoyed thinking of different things to do and putting on all the challenges,” says Carys.

“I had heard of Hope House and how it cares for very ill children so decided that it would be nice to help them. I really enjoyed visiting Hope House too because it was really bright and colourful and everyone there seemed really happy.”