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Herts and Essex High School trio hula-hoop for four hours to raise more than £1,000 for NHS Charities Together

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Three Herts and Essex High School girls have completed a marathon hula-hoop challenge, raising £1,180 for the NHS.

Year 8 students Annabel Westcott, Eve Evans, both 13, and Emma Foden, 12, set themselves the challenge of keeping a hoop spinning round their bodies by gyrating their hips for at least four hours on Sunday (May 17). All three have personal bests of more than 350 non-stop loops.

Emma said: "It's a difficult time at the moment and we need to do as much as we can to raise money for the amazing NHS and carers who are helping us to get through this pandemic. This is the reason me and my friends decided to help by hula-hooping constantly for four hours.

hula hooping girls, Eva, Emma and Annabel (34898288)
hula hooping girls, Eva, Emma and Annabel (34898288)

"I was so nervous before we started the challenge as four hours was such a long time. When I started hula hooping, I felt confident and determined to keep going as I knew we were doing it for a great cause and we had so much support!"

She added: "I'm really amazed with how much money we've raised so far and want to thank everybody who has donated and supported us."

Emma's mum, Victoria, said: "The girls did amazingly well. Four hours is a long time – I can’t even manage 4 seconds! The current total raised stands at £1,180 – so much more than they expected. We're all really proud of their determination to succeed."

Annabel said: "Before I started the hula hooping I was really scared because I felt I would find it really hard. However, when I was actually doing it, it was easier than I thought. It was still really challenging, but I'm glad that I did it."

Said Eve: "Afterwards I was exhausted, but proud."

The girls have set up a fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hulahoopfornhs. The money will go to NHS Charities Together to help support healthcare staff and volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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