Two best friends from Marlborough have raised more than £750 for Julia’s House with a month-long Run Every Day challenge. 

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Beatrice and Bella take on a Run Every Day challenge for Julia's House

Bella Venus and Beatrice Granger have been running between 3km and 8km every single day throughout February to raise funds for us and to keep active together during lockdown.

The girls learnt about Julia’s House when they both read about some of the most seriously ill children and families that we care for across Wiltshire.

Bella and Betrice told us, “We wanted to raise money for Julia’s House, which helps children that aren’t as lucky as us – and who have life-threatening and life-limiting conditions”

“Julia’s House gives these children the help that they need and lets their parents have a well-earned break, as well as time to spend with their other family,” the said.

“We think this challenge was a good idea because it was a good way to do something productive during lockdown, away from home-learning. It also gave us a chance to catch up while doing our daily exercise. We also encouraged our friends to run and our mums too!”

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Beatrice and Bella have been running every day throughout February

As well as their family and friends, the year six pupils have been supported by everyone at Preshute Primary School in Manton. And the girls were delighted to return to school this week to share their news with their classmates.

“Our target for how much money we were going to raise was originally £150, but so far we have raised over £700,” they said. “We are delighted to have raised so much for such a good local cause. People have been very generous.”

They added: “Running every day was a good experience and we would definitely do it again. Maybe new trainers might be needed first!”

Claudia Hickin, our community fundraiser for Wiltshire, said: “We’re so impressed with Bella and Beatrice’s determination to run every day throughout this very cold, wet and muddy February. We’d like to say a huge thank you to both girls and everyone who has donated – it will make a big difference and bring a lot of smiles to the seriously ill children and families that we care for in the local community.”

You can show your support for Bella and Beatrice’s fundraising challenge and make a donation to Julia’s House at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bellaandbeatrice

If you're inspired by Beatrice and Bella and would like to fundraise for Julia's House, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you! Or if you need some ideas, take a look at our events page for some ways to get involved.