By Lorraine Gibson.
CARING Hayeswood School, Wimborne, pupil Neve Farrell decided she wanted to help children after hearing about Emily Collins, a young aid worker who despite being ill cared for impoverished children in Africa.
Neve, seven, learned about Emily when she visited Jill Mumford, head of Hampreston First School, Wimborne Minster, who was fundraising for Emily’s Ugandan orphans charity.
Emily, also a Hampreston pupil, was diagnosed with bone cancer aged 16 but went to Africa to support abandoned street children.
She also raised funds to help build a school for the orphaned children that bears her name today.
Neve decided to raise money for Oxfam and the Emily Collins School on the outskirts of Kisoro in south-west Uganda by walking two miles a day for two weeks along Pamphill, By The Way, Sandbanks, the New Forest, Baiter and Poole Quay.
Mum Ellie said: “Her favourite walks were the beach ones, with plenty of stone skimming and shell collecting. One walk was two miles of dribbling her 12-year-old brother George’s football!”
Neve, a keen ballet dancer and animal lover, raised more than £150 and said: “I feel really happy and so excited. I felt proud to finish – and wet. I hope this makes it easier to get water in a village and equipment for the school.”
Ellie said: “She’s so happy to have smashed her target and hopes to make a little difference. It’s a little amount but a lot of love.”
Neve says her next fundraiser might be a cake sale for the RSPCA.