Jessica’s quest to help twin school in Mara

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What started out as a discussion about the word ‘charity’ ended up being a charity walk for six-year-old Jessica Daisy Stafford.

The Brighouse youngster walked up Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales to raise £65 with money still anticipated for Lightcliffe CE Primary School’s twinned school in Tanzania.

Her dad Ian said: “We were out one day when we stumbled across a hopscotch chalked on the street pavement with a collection box saying ‘charity donations welcome’. Jessica then asked me what this meant.

“When I told her, she went quiet for a while and then announced that she wanted to do something for ‘the school in Mara’.”

Jessica decided she wanted to climb Pen-y-Ghent with Ian who was roped in to carry her lunch, he laughed.

“She even managed to raise some money from fellow walkers who wanted to know why a slight six-year-old wanted to do the walk in the driving wind and rain,” said Ian.

The duo set off at 10am and took four hours to walk the seven miles. “While Jessica does like walking and all things athletic, this is a significantly greater distance and challenge than she has ever walked before,” he said. “Both myself, my wife Helen and Jessica’s little sister Olivia are really proud of her, for not only coming up with the idea, but for completing the challenge and for raising some money for the school in Tanzania.

“She is already planning her next charity challenge.”