Louis Ebenezer has set himself a series of lockdown challenges to raise funds for the children’s hospice who supported his family after the death of his sister, Eve, in 2005.
Over the next month, Louis, from Hove, has set himself a variety of challenges to raise funds for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. Louis started his fundraising on Friday 20 November with his first of five runs to reach 30km. He’ll also be paddleboarding around Brighton Pier with his Dad and holding a yard sale on Saturday 5 December.
The 12-year-old sports lover has also managed to bag a special lot for The Snowman Spectacular Online Auction. “As well as my 30km run, yard sale and paddle around the pier, I will also be auctioning Brighton & Hove Albion’s former captain, Bruno Saltor’s signed boots! He wore these in his last season playing at the club” says Louis. “Bruno’s personalised, first-team coach’s training shirt has also been signed, and these are available to bid on in Chestnut Tree House’s online auction until 9pm on Saturday 5 December.”
Louis has already raised an incredible £700 for Chestnut Tree House, and his Mum, Joanne, explains why he chose to support the hospice. “Louis wanted to support Chestnut Tree House as a thank you for supporting us in 2005, when his sister, Eve died suddenly at the age of two.”
At this sad time, the family were supported by the hospice’s bereavement team, “It was a time when there wasn’t much support available, so having Chestnut Tree House’s help was invaluable and we were so grateful to them for this.”
Speaking about his fundraising, Louis says, “supporting a charity makes you feel really good, knowing that you are helping people. It is really exciting coming up with and completing all the different tasks that you set yourself and then being able to check your fundraising page each night when you get back from school.
“I have had a great time setting up the fundraising page and it has been really motivating to see all the nice comments coming in and watching the amount raised for Chestnut Tree House creeping up. The support I have got from everyone has been amazing. This morning two of my teachers started clapping as I ran past them on the seafront which made me run faster!”
To support Louis in his fundraising, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louisebenezer