No stopping young fundraiser who has £20,000 Christmas target in her sights

No stopping young fundraiser who has £20,000 Christmas target in her sights

An award-winning young Cornish fundraiser who has virtually travelled the length of the UK on her family’s cross trainer has set her sights on raising £20,000 for Blackwood House by Christmas.

Ten-year-old Mia Richardson’s 1347 kilometre ‘magic’ journey saw her travel virtually from Land’s End to John O’Groats, running for an hour a day on a cross trainer. She initially hoped to raise £500 for the care home where her mum works to help it buy a magic table – an interactive light projector, which uses specialised games to support and stimulate people living with dementia.

Twelve weeks later, Mia’s fundraising efforts have raised an incredible £19,130 for the residents of Blackwood House, enabling it to buy two magic tables as well as a greenhouse and garden furniture. And Mia is not finished yet, she hopes to raise £20,000 by Christmas.

Mia’s fundraising has attracted media attention across the UK, as well as the support of celebrities including actress Thandie Newton, physicist Professor Brian Cox and Olympians Ben Ainslie, Jo Pavey and Hannah Cockroft.

Mia has also been named Cornwall Care’s Fundraiser of the year. She was presented her award by our CEO Anne Thomas. Commenting on her latest fundraising target, she said:

“Mia has made a huge difference to the lives of so many elderly and vulnerable residents. At ten-years-old, she has taken on a challenge that most adults would struggle to complete. The fact that she wants to continue to do more, after achieving so much already, shows what a determined and inspirational person she is.”

To donate or find out more, visit the website, and @miamagicjourney on Twitter.