A FUND-RAISER who was inspired to get involved with charity work through an older school friend has thrown herself into the cause with abandon.
Amber-Rose Hunniford is only 11, but she has already been involved in a host of events to raise money for charity in her short life.
She became involved through Chelsea Neat, who has organised a host of fund-raising events in aid of Help for Heroes over the past few years. Chelsea won the Children of Courage fund-raiser award last year.
Amber-Rose’s mother Claire told the Mail: “Chelsea inspired her to get involved. Amber saw what she was doing and decided to get involved.
“Whatever she gets involved in, she likes to do it to the max.”
Chelsea is Mrs Hunniford’s god-daughter, and as a result, Amber-Rose has been around many of the events which she has organised.
But it was when she started at The Pingle School last September that she started to get more involved with it.
She took part in the ‘Around the World in 80 days’ challenge which Chelsea organised at the school, and made bracelets to sell at her parents’ New Year’s Eve party with friends.
The task raised £50 for Help for Heroes.
Raising money for the recent Sport Relief campaign, which saw people running, walking, cycling – or otherwise travelling – a mile, Amber-Rose did the whole thing cartwheeling.
She has also run the Race for Life with her mum, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“She likes to get involved with whatever this is going on. Because she’s so young, she hasn’t done as much as Chelsea, but it makes me really proud that she tries so hard at whatever she does.
“She’s not one for sitting back,” said Mrs Hunniford, of Dalefield Drive,Swadlincote.
Her dedication has gained admiration from the person who inspired her, as Chelsea hopes Amber-Rose will take the reins of her fund-raising efforts when she leaves the school.
Amber-Rose was nominated by Chelsea for the fund-raising award in the Mail’s Children of Courage and Achievement Awards, because of all the work she has put into supporting her fund-raising efforts .