At age six, little Emily Bonfield has already decided to show her community spirit by taking a big step forward for fundraising.
Watched by her proud family on Sunday, the Haverhill primary schoolgirl completed a sponsored walk in honour of her grandad John Lupton who suffers with Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s is caused when the brain becomes progressively damaged, causing the sufferer involuntary shaking.
Mum Jane, from Ash Grove in Haverhill, said Emily decided to walk two-and-a-half miles at a Parkinson’s UK charity event at Wimpole Hall, near Cambridge, to show support for her grandad and do her bit to help the charity.
Emily’s inspiration came after her mum did the Girls’ Night Out fundraiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care a few months’ ago.
“Emily saw me taking part in that and afterwards she said ‘I’d like to help people too.’
“I found out the Parkinson’s charity were doing a fundraiser and Emily immediately wanted to take part.
“My dad has had Parkinson’s for about two-and-a-half years; Emily is aware of her grandad’s condition, and why he sometimes shakes,” added Jane.
“I am so proud of my little girl. She walked two-and-a-half miles to raise the money for Parkinson’s and she raised a total of £250. She did it to help people like her grandad.”
On Sunday, her grandad was there to cheer Emily on at the fundraiser, as well as Emily’s dad Gary and little brother Jenson, aged two.
Jane said she personally raised £200 for St Nicholas Hospice Care from the girls’ fundraiser as well as £35 from a raffle for the Bury-based charity, so Emily had done extremely well to raise £250 from her sponsored walk.
“She did do very well and was really excited to take part and get her medal,” added Jane.
“Parkinson’s are very good as they promote awareness of the condition which is not hereditary.
“They send out booklets which are aimed at children like Emily which explain why their grandad shakes.
“We are very proud of what Emily has achieved and how she is helping to people.”