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Isla's Fundraiser For The Tortoises


Isla, a 7-year-old from Barry, has raised money for the International Tortoise Association in Sully by reading a whole, 80-page book every day for a month.

The inspiring youngster completed the fundraiser in memory of her nanna, Mary, who sadly passed away last year. Mary was the owner of Snowy, a 65-year-old tortoise whom she adored. Snowy the tortoise spends its hibernation period at the Sully-based sanctuary.

Isla's mum, Rosie, told Bro Radio of an act of kindness carried out by the International Tortoise Association which highlights her connection to the charity:

"When my nan died last year the sanctuary had just birthed some baby tortoises, so, in honour of my nan, they named one Mary, such a lovely thing to do."

Isla decided that she wanted to raise money for the sanctuary in honour of her nanna, but had to get creative with her method of fundraising due to the pandemic. Her initial ideas included a lemonade stand and sponsored walks, but, eventually, she decided upon a method of raising money that utilised her reading skills, beginning the challenge on June 7th.

Every day of the month, Isla read a book from the "Daisy Meadow" collection, with each book being about 80 pages in length.


Rosie, Isla's mum, spoke to Bro Radio of her thoughts on the fundraiser saying:

"We live over Barry Island and Isla is 7 years old, she is such a mature bubbly young girl and is very clever with her reading. My nan would of been 92 on the 24th of this month, so doing something in honour of her is beautiful especially as it was my daughter's idea."

Rosie's fundraising goal was £100 which has been exceeded, though the final total has yet to be calculated. You can still donate to Isla's GoFundMe page, here.

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