Young Woodford Green pupil inspires classmates to dress up for hospice

A kind-hearted young pupil at a Woodford Green school convinced her classmates to do a sponsored walk in fancy dress to raise money for a local hospice.

Isabella Lock, 11, was inspired to organise the five kilometre walk at Bancroft’s School, High Road, Woodford Green, on Friday after taking part in a similar walk with her dad.

Year 6 pupils walked in the school’s grounds and then onto Whitehall Road.

Proceeds from their combined efforts will go to the Haven House children’s hospice, also in High Road, Woodford Green.

Isabella and her dad took part in the GLOWwalk to support the charity in 2011.

She said: “I thought it would be a really great idea for me and my friends to get together to raise as much money as we can for this fantastic charity.”

Children wore colourful wigs, fairy wings and tutus

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and prizes went to the best dressed and highest fundraiser with funds also raised through a raffle involving local shops.

The children were backed by their deputy head, Joe Layburn, on the walk and the charity’s official mascot Harry Hound.

Charlotte Terry, Haven House’s community fundraiser, visited the school prior to the walk to tell the children about their work.

Isabella said: “We watched a film about what Haven House does for sick children and their parents.

“We found it really very emotional.”