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Herts and Essex High School trio to hula-hoop for at least four hours to raise money for NHS Charities Together

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Three Herts and Essex High School girls are on a hula-hoop mission to raise money for the NHS – and they don't mean to eat their way through bags of the crunchy potato snack!

Year 8 students Annabel Westcott, Eve Evans, both 13, and Emma Foden, 12, have 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 have decided we're going to help by hula-hooping constantly for four hours.

Hula hooping girls Eve, Emma and Annabel (34587251)
Hula hooping girls Eve, Emma and Annabel (34587251)

"I think this is a perfect way to raise money as we're taking what we love to do and using it in a way that will help people."

They have already smashed their £250 fundraising target by reaching £920. "I'm really amazed with how much money we've raised so far and want to thank everybody who has donated and supported us," said Emma.

Annabel added: "I feel like it will be challenging as I’ve never done it for that long before, but it'll be worth it as the money we raise is going to such an important cause. This is a great way to raise money as we’re doing something fun but simple and putting it towards something life-changing."

And Eve said: "We hope we can gain a few more donations for the charity so we can really make a difference. Four hours will be a challenge, but we'll have determination knowing where the money is going and it will be great fun – it cures some of our boredom!"

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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