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'Superstar' Sophie rewarded for her burpee fundraising challenge


By Jean Gunn

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Sophie Morris received a thank-you gift from Angie House, senior co-ordinator of Befriending Caithness.
Sophie Morris received a thank-you gift from Angie House, senior co-ordinator of Befriending Caithness.

Five-year-old Sophie Morris, who raised £810 for Befriending Caithness after completing 100 burpees, has been thanked for her efforts.

Sophie met with Angie House, senior co-ordinator of Befriending Caithness, at Reay Primary School when classes finished this afternoon (Friday). She received a Frozen II Lego Book.

The primary one pupil decided to set herself the energetic task as part of the Captain Tom 100 charity challenge which people across the country are being encouraged to take part in this weekend.

Sophie was keen to complete the burpees in time for Captain Sir Tom Moore's 101st birthday which would have been today (April 30) and also selected the special date to meet with the local befriending service, which is part of Caithness Voluntary Group.

Her mum Eilish Morris said: "Sophie was delighted to meet Angie. They had a lovely little conversation and Sophie showed Angie how to do a burpee."

After meeting the young fundraiser, Angie said: "We certainly think Sophie is a superstar. She was so pleased that she did this challenge and did an excellent demonstration with great enthusiasm.

"I was thrilled to meet her – I can't thank her enough. She wanted the old people to have friends – so lovely from a five-year-old."

When asked how she got on trying the burpee herself, Angie said she would need to do more exercise before mastering it.

The money will go towards running Befriending Caithness group activities once they begin again.

Sophie's family have their own special surprise in store for her this weekend as a reward for doing the challenge – a trip to Landmark Forest Adventure Park.

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