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Posted on 20 December 2021

7-year-old Zach Raises More Than £730 for Burnley Together This Christmas

A 7-year-old boy from Gisburn has raised more than £730 for Burnley Together.

Zach Lancaster, a pupil at Gisburn Primary School, first became aware of the charity and the people they support after his school asked pupils to bring food in as part of their annual Harvest Festival, with items to be donated to Burnley Together.

Zach then decided that he wanted to do something more to help. He has always enjoyed running, and so, after speaking to his parents, decided to set himself a personal challenge to help raise funds.

The challenge was to run 2K every day throughout the month of October. Zach committed to this and was out running every single day, and sometimes in the evening, come rain or shine. It wasn’t always easy, but the end goal kept him motivated.

By sharing his challenge with fellow pupils, friends, and family, and asking for monetary donations via his JustGiving page, Zach has, to date, managed to raise more than £730 for Burnley Together.

This money will make a huge difference to the lives of people in the Burnley community, helping to provide funds towards utility bills, food, the Burnley Together Christmas Toy Appeal and much more this winter.

Initially established to help and support residents across the borough during the coronavirus outbreak with everyday needs, Burnley Together has become a pivotal point of contact for support enquiries across a wide range of issues.

Zach said: “It was tough getting up in the dark before school, but I really wanted to help those people who have less than me. I never imagined we could raise that much though. I’m so happy that so many people sponsored me, it’s a really great amount!”

Zach’s Mum, Victoria, said: “We could not be any prouder of Zach for sticking with the challenge and putting his all into achieving the goal of 2K every day! I’m absolutely delighted that everyone got behind him and what a wonderful amount to hand over to Burnley Together, especially given the time of year.”

A spokesperson from Gisburn Primary School said:” We couldn’t be prouder of Zach for his amazing fund-raising efforts to support Burnley Together. Raising over £730 is a wonderful achievement and this will make a huge difference to many families. Zach set himself a challenging goal but achieved this through his sheer determination to help others. Well done Zach!”

Leanne Townley at Burnley Together said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Zach for raising so much money for Burnley Together. You are a very special little boy to be able to walk 2km every day to raise money to help other people. We are really proud of you.”

You can find out more about Zach’s JustGiving page and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/zachary-lancaster

Zach Lancaster (7) and Leanne Townley, Burnley Together
Zach Lancaster (7) and Leanne Townley, Burnley Together