17th June 2020 — A kind-hearted pupil from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett has embarked on a sponsored cycling challenge through countries of the world to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. Harriet Northall, who is just seven years-old, is doing fourteen cycle rides on an indoor bike set-up over the next two weeks to represent the fourteen endangered species she’s listed from the WWF.
Commenting on Harriet’s challenge, Mum Rebecca Northall said: “Harriet is absolutely obsessed with animals and does everything she can to help them. She would love to do more conservation work with them when she can. She’s an extremely caring and sensitive individual and whatever the scenario, she’s always trying to think of what she can do to help.”
The theme of the School’s assembly two weeks ago was ‘How can you make a difference in the world?’ Harriet chose to think about the environment and helping animals and it grew from there. The following week’s theme was ‘How do we take responsibility for the Earth?’ This fitted fantastically with what Harriet was setting out to do.
Harriet has picked countries where the endangered species are found or as close as possible. She will cycle a mile in each - some are quite steep, so it’s tougher than it sounds.
Harriet is trying to raise awareness amongst her peers about protecting our environment and leaving a better legacy for others, so she’s produced fact sheets on how to reduce plastics that end up in the oceans, ways that everyone can help at home by encouraging wildlife and habitats, making bee hotels, bird feeders, compost boxes, re-using cups etc. These are being shared with fellow pupils to spread the word and share good habits. Harriet is making a cotton bracelet with ocean themed charms for those who donate, as a little thank you.
Harriet set a target of £250 but has already smashed that. She has raised over £400 at the last count and money is still coming in.
“I want to save all the animals in our world and protect our environment” said Harriet. "The WWF does all the work I’d like to do.” When asked why does it matter, Harriet said: “It might only be one animal we save like the Rhinoceros, but it matters to that rhinoceros. We need to leave the animals for everyone else - we need them!”