Children can do some of the most extraordinary things, and 3-year-old Ben has definitely proved this!
Having just learnt how to ride a bike, he decided he would use his new skills to help “children with no feet”. And while most kids of his age might have gone for a ride around the neighbourhood, Ben wanted to take on a real challenge: 6 miles, from Topsham to Exmouth.
Said and done, Ben’s mum Rosie browsed charities and found ELoH. She got in touch with our team and set up a BT MyDonate fundraising page for Ben. Once this was done, they started to raise money and Ben practiced cycling for a month and half.
The big day came on March the 11th. Ben and his parents set off from Topsham, but the cycle ride turned out to be a real challenge. In a downhill slope Ben fell and got a sore, and halfway through the ride he was exhausted and almost gave up. But with some help from his parents and the promise of milkway magic stars every 100 meters he finally got to Exmouth!
After completing his challenge, Ben was very proud. Not only did he complete the 6 miles but he had also raised an impressive £1,395 for child amputees in ELoH’s project. That’s absolutely fantastic!
Before the ride, Ben said that he would love to raise enough to help 10 children walk and receive support “so that they can go school, like me“. And not only did he meet this ambitious target, he exceeded it. With the money raised, 12 child amputees could get prosthetics and education for a year – quite an achievement for our youngest fundraiser ever!
Below is a little video of Ben where he’s interviewed by his mum Rosie after completing the challenge. It’s absolutely adorable and definitely worth a watch.
Well done Ben and thanks so much for helping child amputees walk and go to school!