Seven-year-old Alba will be kick-starting 2022 by walking 500,000 steps to raise money for Place2Be. Alba shares her story and advice for anyone considering taking on their own fundraising challenge.
Tell us about the fundraising challenge you took on or will be taking on – how is it going?
"I am going to be walking 500,000 steps in February! I'll be going out each day on lots of adventures and tracking my steps on my smartwatch. I haven't started yet but so far; I've got lots of support from my followers and local businesses who are sponsoring me, and I have filled my donation pot with over £350 already!"
What made you decide to fundraise for Place2Be?
"I chose Place2Be because I’m so impressed with the work they do within schools and the community to help children with their mental health, and also that they help teach teachers and grownups about children's mental health which is really really really cool and super important.
Why do you think supporting young people’s mental health is important?
"Because I am a young person and I get a lot of support from my mum and dad and lots of people for my mental health and I want other children to have that same support."
Is there any advice you may give to a young person struggling with their mental health?
"I'd tell them to breathe in really big and take a deep breath and try and regulate their feelings. I'd tell them to share their feelings and maybe even write them down or share them with your worry monster."
What advice would you give to anyone taking on a challenge like this and do you have any tips to help them fundraise?
"Start by picking a charity, do your research and find one that's important to you. Then choose your donation goal and what you would like to do to raise money. What are you good at doing? Connect with the charity and tell them what you are planning on doing. Oh and don't forget to have lots of fun!"
Inspired by Alba's story?
Supporters like Alba help make a real difference to children and young people’s mental health. If you're feeling inspired by her story and would like to find out how you can follow in all 500,000 of her footsteps and support Place2Be, learn more about how you can do your own thing.