Friday 19 July 2019

Ella to walk Wicklow Way for charity

Ella Hammond
Ella Hammond

Kilmacanogue girl Ella Hammond (10) will tackle the Wicklow Way in order to help children, with donations going to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

At the end of June Ella will do two stages of the route, covering 30 kilometres in two days. 'I always wanted to do a fundraiser and I am so happy that I get to do this,' she said. Her mum Michelle will accompany her, with plenty of support at home from dad Aidan and sister Jessica.

'As a child, I think it's so important to make sure every child has one good day to remember when things are tough,' she said.

Make -A -Wish grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1992 over 2,400 wishes to brave children across Ireland have been granted, including 211 wishes granted in 2018. Make A Wish does not receive government funding and relies on people like Ella to raise money.

She has already raised over €600, and is grateful to Kilmacanogue National School for allowing her to do a summer t-shirt day.

Her cubs have also done a collection to support the fund, as has Aidan - he is donating a percentage of client fees from his business Bikefitting Ireland to Make-A-Wish.

A spokesman for Make-A-Wish paid a visit to the cubs last week to make a presentation about the work done by the foundation. The cubs have also been doing regular walks to earn a badge, so Ella should have no problems tackling the terrain.

'She can't wait for the walk,' said Michelle. 'The excitement is off the charts!'

To make a donation, look up Ella's Wicklow Way Challenge on

Wicklow People