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Eight-year-old girl raises more than £500 by cycling 50 miles

PUBLISHED: 09:46 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 01 September 2018

Lovisa arriving at Shelter's HQ in Norwich, Picture: Jamie Yates

Lovisa arriving at Shelter's HQ in Norwich, Picture: Jamie Yates

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A young girl and her father cycled over two days from Great Blakenham to the charity’s HQ in Norwich.

Lovisa and her father, Jamie Yates set off on Wednesday August 29 and did the journey over two days.

Mr Yates said: “Lovisa was inspired by her friend who did a sponsored walk for charity, she’s a keen cycler and decided she wanted to do a bike ride to help homeless people.

“We found shelter online and went to go see them to find out more about what they do, we couldn’t believe how much work they do for homeless people and people who have problems with housing.”

Shelter is a UK based charity that raises money for underfunded housing associations and raise awareness of homelessness and peoples appalling housing conditions.

Lovisa on the road. Picture: Jamie YatesLovisa on the road. Picture: Jamie Yates

Lovisa Yates said: “I wanted to raise money for homeless people because I feel so lucky to have a nice home.

“Shelter helped me along the way and gave me so much support while I did my bike ride.”

By the end of day one, the Yates’ had made their way to Madgetts Cycles in Diss before continuing their journey to Norwich the Next Day.

Mr Yates Said: “We had an original target of £200, she’s chuffed that she has passed that and carried on going.

Lovisa's 50 mile route. Picture: Google MapsLovisa's 50 mile route. Picture: Google Maps

“We’re thinking about maybe doing another one next year along the coast, but we’ll see.”

Lovisa’s total currently sit’s at £556.25 with a donation from the Netherlands.

She also recieved a golden key from Shelter for her fundraising and was welcomed at the Norwich HQ by staff and volunteers.

Mr Yates said: ”She’s wearing her key constantly and she’s so proud of it, she’s going to keep it on her school jumper when she’s back in September.”

Lovisa entering Norwich. Picture: Jamie YatesLovisa entering Norwich. Picture: Jamie Yates

Lovisa has raised money on Virgin money giving.

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