A Blackburn school girl is embarking on a walking challenge in order to raise funds for vulnerable people in Ukraine.

Edie Turner, aged eight, will be walking up to local landmark, Darwen Tower, every day in May in order to raise money for a group of Ukrainian volunteers.

The Redeemer Primary School pupil was inspired by the efforts of her uncle, Ian Wiggins, who has spent time in Ukraine filming a documentary about the humanitarian work carried out by his Ukrainian friend, Yulia Khouris.

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Yulia's team of volunteers is working tirelessly, distributing essential items, including food, clothes and medication to the most vulnerable women and children.

Edie decided she would like to help to raise money for this fantastic cause by completing a challenge which she could be sponsored for.

Mum Karen Turner, set up a GoFundMe appeal on behalf of her daughter and is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

At the time of writing, they have raised over £500.

Lancashire Telegraph: Edie Turner with her mum, KarenEdie Turner with her mum, Karen

Karen said: “Edie and I were talking and she decided she wanted to do some kind of sponsorship to help those in Ukraine.

“She’s noticed what’s been going on in Ukraine on the news - with her uncle being there it has brought it all a bit closer to home.

“We only set out to raise £300 initially but have had to keep upping it because we beat the target in a day.

“We know the money is going directly where it’s needed and it’s not going to a corporate charity.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Edie Turner with a t-shirt which says 'Edie's Darwen Tower Challenge'Edie Turner with a t-shirt which says 'Edie's Darwen Tower Challenge'

Karen says the hike up and down the steep hill, which is estimated to be around 1,220 foot high and will take around 50 minutes.

It will certainly prove to be a challenge for young Edie who will have to balance school and dance classes alongside walking.

Karen said: “She’s really excited and loves seeing how much she has raised – I am so proud of her”

“I hope we can raise as much money as we possible can… the next GoFundMe target is £1,000.

“It feels quite nice to be making a difference.”

You can donate to Karen and Edie’s GoFundMe by visiting the online website: www.gofund.me/7a68fd24