Eaton & Cringleford

Sophie steps out and raises £900 – so far…

Just Regional
May 4, 2020 2 mins read

Recently we featured eight-year-old Sophie Cole, who was so moved by Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts that she was inspired to complete a sponsored walk to help frontline staff.

And on Saturday, she completed her challenge to huge cheers.

Mum Carla said: “Sophie did amazingly well and was cheered on along the way (at a safe distance of course!) by local friends and family.

“She was clapped and cheered off by our neighbours who made a real fuss of her. They were all waiting in their gardens on our return and she got a massive welcome home. We had a finish line, banners, balloons etc. It was quite emotional. We are so immensely proud of what she’s achieved, and she has raised more than £900.”

Sophie Cole during her sponsored challenge to raise money for the NSFT. So far she has raised more than £900.

Sophie, from Cringleford, was nominated to do the 5k challenge by her cousin but wanted to help others.

Carla said: “We set her up a Just Giving page and chose the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust because people’s mental health is an important issue in these challenging times.”

Sophie, who goes to the local primary school, and Carla ran and walked 10k on Saturday, April 25 – pushing the boundaries before they even took a step.

“Sophie was keen to really challenge herself so decided on 10k,” said Carla. They set their target at £50, expecting just family and friends to donate, but the total just went up and up.

Dawn Collins, deputy lead nurse at NSFT, which has its headquarters in Hellesdon, said: “We are delighted to hear about Sophie’s brilliant efforts to raise money for our hard-working staff and to make lives of service-users on the wards easier in these difficult times.”

Find Sophie’s Just Giving page at

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