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Fundraising heroes Ella goes the extra mile

Ella goes the extra mile

Ella raises money for girls around the world through a spectacular 30 mile cycle

Ella is one of the many amazing students who attend Ellen Wilkinson High School for Girls. Ellen Wilkinson have been supporting Plan International UK since 2016, raising close to £20,000 to help secure equal rights for girls around the world.

When schools across the UK shut down as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many had to cancel or postpone their fundraising events. However, this didn’t stop Ella from stepping up and taking on a challenge to help protect girls’ futures.

After lockdown in the UK began to ease Ella, with dad Matt in tow, cycled 30 miles from Ealing to Uxbridge (and back again!) to see her grandparents after many weeks apart.

Ella and her father with their bikes, ready to cycle 30 miles to raise money for Plan UK

Cycling 30 miles is a big challenge for anyone and for Ella, who was previously diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), completing the cycle was an incredible milestone. 

As Matt explains: “With about a year of physio and desensitising exercises (and lots of amazing NHS people) Ella got to the point where she can manage the pain and do the things she wants to do. 30 miles is quite a big deal and we're very proud of her.”  

Ella on her bike cycling 30 miles to raise money for Plan International UK

Having initially aimed to raise £200, Ella finished her cycle having fundraised an incredible £685 to make a difference for girls everywhere.

To celebrate her outstanding efforts, Ella was awarded a Jack Petchey community award, to recognise young people going the extra mile to make a difference during the pandemic. Congratulations Ella! 

If Ella has inspired you to transform the lives of girls across the world, get in touch with our Community and Events team for fundraising ideas, tips and all of the materials you need.