12th Jul, 2020

Tree-mendous effort as Lily raises more than £1,300 for the NHS Superheroes

Tristan Harris 14th May, 2020 Updated: 14th May, 2020

A VE Day 75 with a difference awaited Lily Wong who was sponsored to spend ten hours in a tree in memory of her granddad Ronald Cutler who died a fortnight ago at the age of 105.

The kind-hearted Droitwich girl had set herself a target of £500 for the NHS Superheroes charity, based at University Hospitals Birmingham.

But by the end of the challenge she had almost trebled that to £1,358.68.

Although her granddad died of old age, it had got Lily thinking about all the people with Coronavirus and the healthcare staff looking after them.

Lily, who attends Abberley Hall School in Great Witley with her sister Scarlett, used to spend time in the tree to relax and it was her dad who suggested the idea when she told him she wanted a fund-raising task to undertake.

During the day Lily had a number of activities to complete, including telling a joke and reciting a poem every hour, icing a cupcake, singing a song, creating a rap and making a sandwich.

Scarlett passed items to Lily in the tree, which had been decked in Union Flag bunting for VE Day.

And the family kitten Danger Cat, who also likes the tree, also joined in with the activities.

Proud mum Sophie said by the end Lily was relieved to be down, achey-legged and happy with all the donations

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported Lily and donated.”

Lily’s fund-raising page is still open and anyone wanting to boost her funds further can visit justgiving.com/fundraising/lily-wong and donate there.

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