Yesterday, JustGiving award winner Lauren Gander became an Olympic torchbearer. The Young Fundraiser of the Year was given the honour after raising £110,000 for charity. She carried the famous flame on its journey through Rye, East Sussex.
Walking with the torch is a particularly special achievement for 12-year-old Lauren. At six months old, Lauren was diagnosed with spina bifida. Her parents were warned that she may never walk.
Despite the daily pain and discomfort she suffers as a result of spina bifida, Lauren has tirelessly raised money for numerous charities including Whizz-Kidz, The Children’s Trust and The Tree Of Hope Children’s Charity. Her fundraising endeavours include a glider flight over Sussex, a pyjama walk in the middle of night and launching herself from a zip wire on top of Newport Transporter Bridge.
Thanks to her dedication to fundraising, Lauren is now a charity ambassador for Whizz-Kidz and The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity. She’s met the Prime Minister, she’s been invited to Buckingham Palace and she’s spent the day with HRH the Countess of Wessex.
Now she can add ‘torchbearer’ to her already huge list of achievements. From everyone here at JustGiving, congratulations Lauren!
If you would like to support Lauren with her fundraising, you can visit one of her pages below.