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Haverhill youngster raises charity total for a year in just two months

A school girl, who set out to raise money with one charity event a month for a year, has smashed her fundraising target only two months in.

Joni André, 9, set herself the challenge of putting on a different monthly fundraiser for EACH, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a group that supports babies, children and young people up to the age of 18 with life threatening conditions.

Joni’s original target had been to raise £300 over the course of the year, but she has already exceeded that sum with her second fundraiser, a ‘pamper party’ at Sonia’s Hair and Beauty on March 18.

Members of the public, including Haverhill town councillor, Maureen Byrne, came in to enjoy spa and beauty treatments and to donate money to Joni’s cause.

Joni said: “The pamper party went really well, we raised lots of money and had fun.

“Sonias were brilliant doing all the treatments for free for my friends and me”.

Joni’s previous fundraiser, a Valentine’s Day sale at Burton End primary school, raised £50.

Joni’s dad, Jason André, praised her charitable work.

He said: “We are very impressed with her. The guys at Sonia’s gave their time for free and gave treatments for free and allowed us to raise money for EACH.

“I think 15 people came for treatments and, over the course of the event, she raised over £200.”

Despite having already reached her target, Joni intends to keep raising money for EACH and is looking at a revised target to achieve by the end of the year.

“We are thinking what the new total we should be aiming for ought to be,” said Mr André. “I think, if she keeps going at the rate she’s going, she could raise a couple of thousand over the whole year.”

Joni’s next planned event will be running a fun run on April 12 prior to the Haver10 10k run.

Members of the public can donate to Joni’s cause at www.justgiving.com/jonieach/

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