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8-year-old's Paris to London challenge for charity

Words by Amy Packham

An eight-year-old, who previously completed a 603-mile walk for charity has set herself another mission.

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Heidi Barker previously raised a whopping £16,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. This time, she has decided to cycle the distance from Paris to London to raise money for both Alzheimer’s Research UK as well as Macmillan Cancer Support.

"She cycles every day and then we plot off on a map where she is," her dad, David, tells Smiley News. She started mid-April.

Heidi is hoping to raise £1,000 for each charity on the fundraiser. "And the main part is that we have fun along the way," adds her dad.

What an inspiration!

Right? She's not shy about fundraising. On the last fundraiser she did, Heidi cracked eggs on the heads of ex-footballers Robbie Fowler and John Barnes and also her teachers. "She ended up being invited to be in the Lord Mayors Parade and hundreds of thousands of people came to watch and it was live on BBC One," said David.

How can I support?

Head to her JustGiving page here. At the time of writing, Heidi has raised nearly £700 out of her £2,000 goal.

You can also follow her on social media, on @fundraiserheidi.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Macmillan Cancer Support offers free, confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Find out more.

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading Alzheimer's research charity aiming to find a cure for dementia. Support them here.

Cycling UK campaigns to make cycling safe and accessible for everyone. Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

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