Duo’s fancy dress trek

Bianca Cooke and Chantel Lodge embarked on a fancy dress sponsored walk at the weekend in aid of FSID. Photo by John Crossland.

Bianca Cooke and Chantel Lodge embarked on a fancy dress sponsored walk at the weekend in aid of FSID. Photo by John Crossland.

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TWO charitable teens have managed to raise hundreds for a worthy cause through a sponsored fancy dress walk they organised.

The ambitious challenge was taken on by Chantel Lodge, 16, of Skegness and Bianca Cooke, 17, of Winthorpe, last Sunday.

Around £250 has been raised so far, with more still to come in, which will soon be donated to the girl’s chosen charity, FSID (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths).

The Skegness Academy students set off from The Clock Tower restaurant at around noon and walked to Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells and back again in just under three hours.

“It went really well on the day and I’m so glad we did it. It was good fun and we had a few people waving us off when we left,” said Bianca.

The girls chose to raise money for FSID because they felt it was an excellent way of helping such a worthy cause and it would show how dedicated they were to their health and social care course.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is the UK’s leading baby charity aiming to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health.

FSID also funds research, supports families whose babies have died suddenly and unexpectedly and works with other people to improve investigation when a baby dies.

Just a day after the challenge, speaking to the Standard, the girls said they were already up for doing another challenge.

“The weather held up, but we were a bit cold and our legs and feet began to ache. But I feel fine today and I’m already thinking about doing another sponsored walk to raise money for breast cancer in the summer,” added Bianca.

“I really enjoyed the day and in the summer when it’s warm I’m thinking of joining Bianca on the walk too,” said Chantel.

The pair say they are also hoping, some time soon, to take all the money they collected to an office where FSID are based because they feel it will mean more in person.

l Chantel Lodge and Bianca Cooke pictured at the start of their walk wearing Minnie and Mickey Mouse inspired outfits. Photo by John Crossland.