Schoolgirls climb the equivalent of Big Ben on staircases for children's charity

Poppy Wood (left) and Minnie Biggs-Poyner (right) have challenged themselves to climb the equivalent of Big Ben on their staircases. Credit: Gemma Wood/Francesca Biggs-Poyner

Two girls from Rugby in Warwickshire have set themselves a challenge to climb the equivalent of Big Ben on their staircases, to raise money for the NSPCC.

Poppy, who is 5 and Minnie, who is 6, decided to raise money for the charity after finding out there has been a surge in calls to the helpline from children with worries about Coronavirus.

In the past week, they've made leaflets and delivered them to their local area with the help of their parents, spoken to family via video calls to tell them about their fundraising efforts and made a video to share their training.

The girls will be climbing 632 steps each in their own homes tomorrow (June 6).

"My daughter Poppy, who is 5, has had some big questions about the Coronavirus and they've caused her a lot of worry. "I stumbled across a post from the NSPCC about a surge in calls to the helpline from children with worries just like Poppy.

Gemma Wood
Poppy Wood getting ready to begin her challenge. Credit: Gemma Wood

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