An inspirational schoolgirl has raised £1,000 a month since the beginning of the year for a charity which helps her dad.

Ellie Lewis, from Hendy, has raised over £6,000 for The Better Life Appeal for Cystic Fibrosis, a charity which is helping her dad Mark.

Mark occasionally attends a Cystic Fibrosis unit in Llandough Hospital where there are only seven beds and Ellie is determined show her support to for the chairty to build a bigger unit with more beds for patients.

The 10-year-old has raised the funds by climbing Pen Y Fan once a month since January along with her mum Rhian and uncle Adam Richards, and her school hosted a fundraising concert on June 21 which raised £1,200.

The concert was held at Tumble Hall and featured performances from Ysgol Hendy choir, Osian Clarke, Daisy Owen and former pupil Matthew Tucker, who also wrote a special poem for Ellie for the evening.

Head teacher Mrs Kenny said: “It was a very successful concert.

“It shows how the village can come together to show their support.

“Ellie’s journey is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things

“As well as raising money Ellie has raised awareness of Cystic Fibrosis which is amazing.”

Ellie and her team were faced with bad weather conditions during her recent trek up Pen-Y-Fan.

Mrs Kenny added: “It was really bad rain but we all kept going and we sang a song from the concert called ‘Ellie’s Journey’ at the top of Pen-Y-Fan which was written by Ellie’s uncle Adam.”

Ellie is this year’s winner of the Terry Price Young Achievers Award and was also named the winner of the Pride of Wales Young Achiever award earlier this month.

To continue to raise money and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, Ellie along with her mum and uncle will climb Snowdon on July 14 and the trio will face the SAS training event ‘The Fan Dance’ in August.

Ellie’s uncle Adam will trek 1,000,000 meters in a single month on foot – which on average is 21 miles every day – in September.

“I want to help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis so they can carry on looking after Dadi and all the other people with Cystic Fibrosis, so if anyone would like to sponsor me, I would be very grateful,” added Ellie.

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