Schoolgirl raises more than £8,500 for Salisbury homeless charity Alabaré

Schoolgirl raises more than £8,500 for Salisbury homeless charity Alabaré

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:27am 7th May 2020.

3 minute read

What makes Anna Harrison-Topham's efforts even greater is that she's from Yorkshire and had never heard of the charity until she started researching it online.

13 year old Anna decided she wanted to do something to help others during the Covid-19 outbreak, and set herself the challenge of running a marathon.

She chose Alabaré to benefit, despite the distance between her and the charity's base here in South Wiltshire, saying: 

"The homeless are the most vulnerable to Covid -19 with nowhere to isolate, and no sanitation to wash their hands, no food and no hope." 

Anna's done two 7.5 mile runs near her North Yorkshire home so far, and plans to do a half marathon once lockdown ends to complete her challenge. 

Her mum Jo said:

"I wondered about asking our friends, family and colleagues to donate to a charity that we did not personally know, and was not in Yorkshire, nor nationally recognised, but concluded that it could be justified as there are so many people who are homeless and in need, and they all need help wherever they are." 

Anna Harrison-Topham raising money for Alabare
Anna, who already runs for her county, set herself the target of running a marathon to support Alabare

The money raised by Anna will go towards Alabaré's Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, which aims to raise £100,000 towards services. 

The charity's income has been severely affected by the cancellation of fundraising events and the closure of charity shops amongst other factors, while the demand for what they do remains unchanged. 

Rebecca Mullen, Fundraising and Events Manager at Alabaré said: 

"Rough sleepers do not have the means to self-isolate. The vast majority are more susceptible to illness and many have complex underlying health problems so we must do what we can to continue to support these vulnerable people. Donations help us get homeless people into our homes where we can support them if they fall ill. They ensure every single resident has a safe home, food and medication in this time of urgent need and also provides essential support to vulnerable people coping with the mental challenges of this very difficult time.
 
"Our teams are working around the clock, making sure people who would otherwise be homeless have somewhere they can stay safe. These are unprecedented times but despite the huge challenges we face our whole staff team remain positive and full of hope that we will come through these times successfully and together save many lives."

Anna's already raised more than £8,500, with more donations coming in.

You can support her with her runs through her JustGiving Page.

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