11-year-old Hannah Venters of Croydon takes on challenge to walk 25km to raise cash for kids with cancer

An 11-year-old girl is taking on the challenge of walking 25km along the Thames path to raise money for children with cancer.

Hannah Venters from Croydon will do the walk with her father, Will, to raise funds for World Child Cancer, a charity that supports children with cancer around the world.

The pair intend to walk from the Thames Barrier to Battersea in a bid to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer.

In 2018, Hannah’s mum passed away after being diagnosed with breast cancer a decade earlier.

After her diagnosis, Hannah’s mother became passionate about charity and took part in several fundraisers which later inspired Hannah who has now raised more than £4,000 for children’s cancer charity, World Child Cancer.

Hannah said: “I wanted to do this to help children with cancer in poorer countries.

“They don’t have the same medicine and treatments as we do, and I wanted to do something to help them get better.”

World Child Cancer supports children with cancer in low-and-middle income countries around the world where as few as 10 per cent of children survive cancer compared to 80 per cent in countries like the UK.

Alongside the sponsored walk, Hannah is also holding a bake sale and selling wristbands to raise funds for children who do not have the same access to treatment as her mum had.

She said: “I feel very proud and happy that I have beaten my £100 fundraising target because it’s a lot of money that will help save lots of children.”

Hannah’s walk takes place tomorrow and you can support her challenge by donating to her fundraising page.

Every donation made before June 30 to World Child Cancer will be doubled by the UK Government as part of it’s UK Aid Match scheme.

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