21st Sep, 2020

All dressed up Kezia raises more than £2,000 for Shakespeare Hospice running in her garden

Ian Hughes 19th May, 2020

IT’S a wonder Kezia Bull could remember quite who she was when she undertook a lockdown fund-raiser.

The 12-year-old Stratford schoolgirl raised more than £2,000 for the Shakespeare Hospice by running 21 miles in 21 different outfits – all in her back garden.

Kezia, a year 8 pupil at Stratford School, was inspired to support the Shottery-based hospice after visiting it as a member of the school’s social & charity committee.

When she discovered it was the Hospice’s 21st birthday, she set herself an ambitious 21-mile challenge to raise £2,121.21 for the charity – despite never having run more than three miles before. The distance of each lap also worked out at 21 metres.

Starting at 9am in her pyjamas, she donned a succession of outfits including a duck, tyrannosaurus rex, bee, banana and even her school uniform, for the mammoth challenge, completing her 21st mile late that evening.

Donations from friends, family and the wider community, including £221 from Alcester & Stratford District Round Table, saw her past her target.

Kezia said: “We don’t have a massive garden so we worked out that every mile would be 77 laps – which meant over 1,600 laps in total. It got tough at times but my parents and big sister kept me going – and people kept donating so I had to keep at it!

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated, the Hospice does such good work looking after people and really needs help at the moment because of coronavirus.”

It is not too late to donate to Kezia’s fund-raiser. Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kezia-bull.

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