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Meat lover, 10, gives up favourite foods in sponsored challenge for Havering hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:24 08 January 2014

Emma Barlow, 10, who raised £51 for Saint Francis Hospice by getting sponsored not to eat meat for a week, with her brother Danny Barlow, seven

Emma Barlow, 10, who raised £51 for Saint Francis Hospice by getting sponsored not to eat meat for a week, with her brother Danny Barlow, seven

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A 10-year-old meat lover raised more than £50 for a Havering charity by giving up her favourite dishes.

Emma Barlow, 10, who raised £51 for Saint Francis Hospice by getting sponsored not to eat meat for a weekEmma Barlow, 10, who raised £51 for Saint Francis Hospice by getting sponsored not to eat meat for a week

Emma Barlow, from Hornchurch, collected £51.50 for Saint Francis Hospice after deciding on her own to give up meat for a week.

The hospice, which received the donation from Emma on December 21, cared for her Nanny Kath, 95, before she sadly passed away of cancer in 2013.

The Scotts Primary School pupil, who has a younger brother, Danny, seven, said: “I just thought of it because the hospice looked after her and I just wanted to do something for them.

“It was quite hard and lots of my friends were teasing me [saying] “My burger was really nice,” and stuff.”

Emma, who was sponsored by relatives, family friends and one of her own friends, said the donations “really helped”.

The challenge was difficult for her as she loves meat.

Her mum Jane, 37, said: “She did find it quite hard, she loves her roast dinners and things. We had to come up with meals she could have for the week.

“We just tried alternatives, but a couple didn’t go down so well!”

A thumbs-down was given both to Quorn vegetarian chicken nuggets and lasagne.

Jane, married to Paul, also 37, said she had found her daughter’s fundraising touching.

“I felt really proud,” she said. “I thought it was such a lovely idea for her to think of herself.

“She just came up to me one day and said she’d like to raise money for the hospice and had already come up with that idea.”

Jane said Emma was close to Nanny Kath, who lived in Harold Hill, and had visited her in the hospice.

She added: “I think people supported her because she decided on her own. She was really proud of herself.”


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