Gravesend thumbs up for heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:04 27 October 2010

Amy Beswick

Amy Beswick


To show support for a charity close to her family’s heart, a young girl has sacrificed her birthday gifts

Amy Beswick, who turned 13 on October 16, asked for all gifts to instead be cash donations to servicemen charity Help for Heroes.

Amy, of Pinnock Avenue, Gravesend, held a birthday disco in Cobham where she collected £200 from her guests

“I just wanted to do something to help. The donation was voluntary, so nobody had to give, but if they did I just asked that they give money to Help for heroes rather than me,” she said.

Mother Lisa Beswick, 41, said: “I am very proud of her. £200 is a lot of money to a teenager so it is a really wonderful thing she has done.”

The Meopham Secondary School pupil was inspired by the actions of her grandfather Len Berry, a former member of the 10 parachute regiment, and her uncle Steve Berry.

“I am so proud of my granddaughter and I want everyone to know what she has done,” said Len.

Steve, of Deneholm Road, Northfleet, spent six months in training last year to tackle a cycle across Belgium and Northern France visiting the major war memorials and battlefields of the world wars in aid of Help for Heroes.

“She followed her uncle’s efforts and I think that was an inspiration,” said Ms Beswick. “The charity and the army are quite important in our family.”

The cheque has been posted but Amy is already considering helping her uncle with further fund-raising ideas.

“There are some things I can’t do, of course, and I don’t know if I could have handled the cycle, but I definitely want to help,” she said.

“Thank all my friends for giving. It just goes to show teenagers aren’t all bad.”

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