Ella, 8, in zoo fundraising walk

Ella, 8, in zoo fundraising walk

by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A LITTLE girl who adores animals has raised more than £1,520 to help Chester Zoo.

Ella Monaghan, eight, from Maghull, took on a sponsored 5k walk around Park Haven Trust for the Chester Zoo Charity. She completed three laps, encouraged by her stepsister Lily, stepbrother Andrew and little brother Michael, four – all while wearing tiger-themed face paint!

More than £1million was raised in 24 hours recently for the zoo after chiefs said the lockdown had left it ‘at risk of extinction and faced a year-end debt of £24m.

Ella’s mum said: “Ella has a neurological condition called optic nerve hypoplasia, it makes her suffer from anxiety so this has been a massive achievement for her.

“The zoo, it’s very close to her heart. We will definitely be showing our support and going to the zoo now that its open again.”

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