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Kesgrave schoolgirl cleans up her local area with litter pick challenge which has raised £1,000 for RSPCA

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A young girl from Suffolk has been tidying up her local area during a fundraising challenge for the RSPCA.

Since mid-January, Susie Clarke, 9, has pledged to litter pick every day on her way home from school until the lockdown is over.

As Susie, of Kesgrave, is autistic, she is still able to go to school during the lockdown.

Susie Clarke, 9, of Kesgrave, has been litter picking for the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA
Susie Clarke, 9, of Kesgrave, has been litter picking for the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA

Her mum, Sonia said: “To keep her occupied on the way home from school while her friends are not there, Susie takes her litter picker along and cleans up the local area.

“She’s always loved animals and wildlife and after seeing an advert for an animal charity she asked me why animal charities were needed.”

Her mum explained to Susie what charities such as RSPCA do for animals and why they were necessary.

She also subscribed her to the RSPCA Animal Action kids magazine so she could learn more about how the charity helps animals in need.

Sonia added: “It can actually be quite challenging for Susie as school can be stressful and tiring for her but she is so determined to keep going and she has been so pleased that she’s raised so much money.

"It’s been brilliant for her self-esteem as people have been incredibly supportive and told her what an amazing thing she is doing for animals and the environment.”

Susie, who started her challenge on January 18, had aimed to raise £100 for the RSPCA, but she has far surpassed her original target - having raised more than £1,000 so far.

To donate and support Susie’s challenge, click here.

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