The fundraisers that we’ve featured for #FundraiserFriday have come in all shapes and sizes and all ages and abilities. Earlier on this year, we featured 83-year-old Margaret Pogson who jumped out of a plane to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK. And now we are delighted to feature 10-year-old Rickaide Bell who is cycling 30 miles by herself to raise money for Erskine.
Rickaide, who is 10-years-old, decided to put her new bike “to good use” and raise money for the charity which is close to her heart, telling us that she is cycling the 30 miles for Erskine; “This charity means a lot to me as my papa was in the army & my other papa WWII and not only do Erskine help our hero veterans but their families also“. Erskine is a veterans charity which was founded in 1916 to care for Servicemen and women who had been injured in active service. Their services now extend way beyond this with speech and language therapy, care homes and commercial businesses which employ veterans and supported personnel and disabled workers.
Rickaide will cycle the 3 miles along Prestwick beach 10 times – watched by both of her parents – to make up the 30 miles and intends to try for 50 miles next year. She points out that “not many people realize that it costs Erskine £144.000 each week to keep our veterans safe and happy“. Rickaide also says that she hopes to inspire children to fundraise for charity, suggesting they could “maybe give up their iPad or iPod or computer for a week to raise funds in the future“.
Rickaide’s mum Maralissa tells us how proud she is of her daughter, saying that “not many kids would think of doing anything like this“. Maralissa also tells us “Rickaide has suffered many health problems in the past like Bells Palsy at the age of 5, respiratory syncytial virus many times and epilepsy when she was baby. She is such an amazing girl in my eyes and has a really big heart for her age“.
To support Rickaide in her cycle, visit her Virgin Money Giving page.