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County tennis player Charlotte smashing it on 200-mile walk while recovering from illness and struggling with lockdown




A 14-year-old girl decided to step up with a friend and raise money for a mental health charity after struggling to cope with the coronavirus lockdowns.

Charlotte Pressley, of Thorley, has been getting support after suffering an impacted bowel and, although still recovering from the condition, is doing a sponsored walk for Mind with her friend Jessica Daines with the target of 200 miles in two months.

The Year 10 student at Leventhorpe School, Sawbridgeworth, is a county tennis player but has been out of action for a few months with her illness.

Charlotte Pressley with her friend Jessica Daines and cockapoos Crunchie and Lindt
Charlotte Pressley with her friend Jessica Daines and cockapoos Crunchie and Lindt

Her mum Diana Parsons said Charlotte had struggled with the three lockdowns and was receiving psychological help following her illness. "She's been through a lot," said Diana. "But she's back at school now, doing remote lessons."

Charlotte and Jessica, from St Michael's Mead, began walking while socially distancing last Thursday (Jan 21) and have completed 20 miles. They aim to finish by March 21.

The girls even went out in the snow on Sunday with Charlotte's two cockapoos, Crunchie and Lindt, and clocked up five miles.

Charlotte explained why they chose Mind: "We went on loads of websites and watched the videos and just got really inspired [by Mind]."

She said the lockdowns meant she missed socialising with friends and it had been particularly hard for younger children who might fall behind on their learning.

If you would like to sponsor the girls' walk see https://gofund.me/93fa41a8. They have already reached their initial target of £200.



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