Abby, 12, raises £2,000 for Saffron Walden charity in capital bridge walk

Abby Leverton with friend Lewis Farmer

Abby Leverton with friend Lewis Farmer - Credit: Archant

A 12-year-old girl has raised over £2,000 for charity by walking across 13 bridges in London in memory of her friends father.

Abby Leverton with friends on the bridge walk

Abby Leverton with friends on the bridge walk - Credit: Archant

Abby Leverton was inspired by the strength of her friend, Lewis Farmer, after he lost his dad, Bryan, unexpectedly in January.

Abby walked 13 and a half miles in six hours to cross the 13 bridges, starting at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, the team supported by Mr Farmer, and finishing at Tower Bridge in central London.

A Saffron Walden based charity, The Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund, which supports young people, was chosen as Abby’s nominated charity as the fund was important to Mr Farmer and his family.

Abby’s mum, Beverley Leverton, said: “I am immensely proud of her because all of this was her idea and she has worked so hard to make it a success.

“She hand delivered over 100 letters to local businesses asking for sponsorship and only expected to raise about £300 in the beginning.

“This meant a lot to her and she has done so well.”

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Abby walked the bridges with six other friends, including Lewis, for support.

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