Selfless Chloe, 10, shuns bedtime for charity midnight walk
PUBLISHED: 12:47 04 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:52 04 April 2013
A selfless Exmouth youngster will walk through the night on Saturday in a bid to raise funds for some of the poorest people living in Africa.
An Exmouth youngster will be walking through the night on Saturday to raise funds for poverty-stricken Africans.
When 10-year-old Chloe Bamsey, of Salterton Road, learned at church how food was scarce in Africa she joined forces with DevonCHAPs - Communities Helping African Projects - to help some of the poorest people in the world.
Shunning bedtime on Saturday night, Littleham Primary School pupil Chloe will from midnight walk three miles to collect almost £200 in sponsorship.
The selfless youngster, who hoped to raise £30 for the cause, said: “I have never walked at midnight before so it might be a challenge, but I have got to do it for the poor people.
“I can’t really explain it, but I feel relieved I can help people in Africa.”
Chloe, who has an 11-year-old pen pal in Africa, added: “Sometimes I say to myself how lucky I am. I can go into my back garden, I can run around, I can go and see the sea. In Africa they don’t have a lot things - it’s pretty sad.
“I find it pretty amazing how the money you raise can help them.”
The schoolgirl started fundraising for DevonCHAPS after hearing about the Africans’ plight at Brixington Community Church, which she attends each week.
Chloe’s proud mum, Beth Dance, 33, and step-dad, Martyn, 31, said the youngster hopes to work with poor communities in Uganda and Malawi once she is old enough.
Mum-of-three Beth, who is expecting her fourth child within weeks, said her daughter worked hard at beating her sponsorship target.
“We are really proud of her,” said Beth. “We sponsored her as soon as we could. It’s just amazing how she wanted to get on and do this, helping the African people.”
If you would like to help Chloe increase her fundraising efforts with sponsorship, call Beth Dance on 07964950013