11-year-old Casey raises over £800 for Emmanuel House in charity bike ride

This week we spoke to this summer’s star fundraiser Casey, who has raised an incredible £865 for Emmanuel House by doing a charity bike ride during the lockdown with her mum Amanda and dad Mark.

11-year-old Casey raises over £800 for Emmanuel House in charity bike ride

Star fundraiser

Name: Casey
Age: 11
Important cause: Ending homelessness

In October half term 2019, Casey and her family went to London for the day. She was shocked and saddened at the number of homeless people she saw on the tube and streets of London, which made her want to take action when she returned home to Nottingham. Casey immediately donated three month’s pocket money to Emmanuel House and Broxtowe Youth Homelessness.

But that was only the beginning of Casey’s fundraising mission. She decided to enter the Great Notts Bike Ride with her dad Mark in order to raise money for Emmanuel House and to help us support homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults in Nottingham. When the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the event, it only made Casey more determined. Casey, Amanda and Mark decided to do their own charity bike ride and cycle 25 miles from Langley Mill to Trent Lock and through to Attenborough – and then back again!

Despite the torrential rain and falling off her bike twice in the first mile, she was very determined to finish the bike ride and these minor set backs only spurred her on to get to the finish line.

Casey’s fundraising tips

  • If you’re taking on a challenging walk, run or cycle, make sure you do enough training. Before the outbreak, I was going to the gym at least twice a week to build up my stamina and went on lots of smaller bike rides with my dad.
  • Don’t give up! I fell off my bike twice in the first mile and really hurt my knee. It was hard to motivate myself to carry on, but I had to remember the reasons I was doing it and all the people who had sponsored me and we relying on me to finish the bike ride.
  • Don’t let the weather beat you. The rain was really bad on the day we decided to do our bike ride, but we made it as fun as possible – I loved splashing through the puddles!

We asked Casey if she had any advice for aspiring young fundraisers:

“You just have to remember that however hard your fundraising challenge might be, that you are making a difference to people’s lives.”

Casey, 11

As soon as we heard about the bike ride, we invited Casey and her dad Mark to speak to Emmanuel House CEO Denis Tully to personally thank her and explain how her donation would make a difference to the running of services.

“It was such a pleasure to speak to Casey and her dad and to thank them both for their incredible fundraising efforts. With no statutory funding for our core services, we heavily rely on donations like these for us to continue supporting some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable people.

“We are so very impressed with Casey’s courage, sheer determination and spirit. She should be incredibly proud of herself. We’re so happy to have found a new supporter in Casey and everyone from Emmanuel House wants to say a huge thank you to her and her family.”

Denis Tully, CEO

Don’t forget to let us know about your own fundraising efforts as we’d love to hear about them. Tag us on social media on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or send us an email at rosie.needhamsmith@emmanuelhouse.org.uk.