By Rebecca Hannant
An eight-year-old girl has completed her biggest challenge yet, walking 150 miles from Redcar to Spurn Point in eight days.
Keen mental health fundraiser and campaigner Alba Stogden, from Pontefract, embarked on her latest journey on September 12 to raise money for Rethink Mental Health.
She passed through Staithes, Scarborough, Flamborough, Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea on her way to Spurn Point, meeting many people who stopped to chat with her about her mission, offer a donation, and support her on her journey.
On Saturday, September 17, Withernsea’s mayor, Cllr Jacqui Blackburn, welcomed Alba and her mother to the town. They chatted about Alba’s campaign before going on a tour around the resort, and both Alba and her mother told the mayor that they had found Withernsea so friendly. They even stayed an extra night to climb the lighthouse and enjoy some downtime before the last leg of their journey. As they walked along the seafront, people stopped and offered them money, or just asked what Alba was doing.
Alba said: “It was amazing! I was really happy to make it to Spurn Point. It was very hard at times, but I still made it. The current total is £3,557 not including Gift Aid, and we have to add up all the cash donations that I was given over the week.”
Alba’s mother, Sophie Stogden, said: “She’s seen the sun rise and amazing views, and stayed in beautiful places too. So, although it was physically challenging, she’s having such a great time, especially now on the beach in the sun again. “She’s undecided on any further big challenges, but who knows? She’s certainly not put off doing another after this one.”
To follow Alba’s journey, visit albasadventures.co.uk or visit the Facebook page Alba’s Adventures. To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Albas-walk-from-Redcar-to-Spurnpoint.