WE ALL know spending more time around nature is good for our wellbeing and one Droitwich girl will be taking that to the ex-tree-me for charity.
Kind-hearted Lily Wong will be spending ten hours in a cherry tree on Friday, May 8, in memory of her great granddad Ronald Cutler who died last week at the age of 105.
Lily, ten, will be raising funds for the NHS Superheroes charity, based at University Hospitals Birmingham.
She will be ably assisted by her sister Scarlett, eight, who will be passing her things and assisting her with a series of challenges that have been set by family and friends.
Among them will be Lily telling a joke and reciting a poem every hour, icing a cupcake, singing a song, creating a rap and making a sandwich.
As well as Scarlett, Lily is also expecting their kitten ‘Danger Cat’ to join her for some of the time as he also loves climbing the cherry tree.
Lily said: “My granddad’s death, although it was from old age, made me think about all the people dying from Coronavirus and I wanted to raise some money to help those who are working tirelessly to protect all our family and friends, like GPs, carers and other medical staff – our brave NHS.”
Lily, who attends Abberley Hall School in Great Witley with her sister, sits in the tree quite often to relax but does not normally spend that long there each time.
The challenge came about when she went into the kitchen to get some lunch after being in the tree and said she wanted to do something for charity.
Her dad suggested she spend three hours up there but then Lily opted to ‘take it up a few branches’ and increase it to ten hours.
She will be allowed one toilet break – after that she will have to put £10 in the charity pot for each trip.
Lily has set herself an initial target of £500 but is hoping to raise as much as she can for the charity.
Her mum Sophie said: “The girls both received treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital when they were younger so we have a lot to be thankful to the NHS for.
“I’m so proud of Lily and Scarlett for this challenge – she’s so excited and can’t wait for it to start.”
Anyone who can boost Lily’s funds further can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lily-wong