A Blackburn school girl who embarked on a walking challenge in order to raise funds for vulnerable people in Ukraine has completed her task, raising more than £3,000 in the process.

Edie Turner, eight, walked 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.

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

And yesterday, Edie completed her final walk up to the tower and was joined by staff from Blackburn with Darwen Council.

A spokesperson for the council said: "A huge well done to Edie Turner on her amazing Darwen Tower fundraiser to support Ukrainian evacuees.

"Eight-year-old Edie has walked up to the tower every single day during May – and raised over £3,000

"Last night staff from the council joined Edie on her final walk, along with her family, supporters and some of the Ukrainian people who have arrived in Blackburn with Darwen already, together with their local sponsors."

In recognition of her amazing efforts Edie will be a part of the Platinum Jubilee Beacon lighting at Darwen Tower on tonight.

She’ll walk with Darwen’s Running Mayor Andrew Gardner from the top of Bold Venture Park to the tower, carrying the lantern that will light the beacon.

The flame in the lantern she’ll carry will be lit by Darwen’s oldest resident, 103-year-old Eva Carter.

Keep Darwen Tidy’s Janet Pearce has the honour of lighting the Jubilee Beacon, after public nominations crowned her the winner of a very special competition.

Edue's mum, Karen Turner, set up a GoFundMe appeal on behalf of her daughter in the hope of raising as much money as possible for the cause.

And at the time of writing, Edie had raised £3,240.

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.”

The hike up and down the steep hill, which is estimated to be around 1,220 foot high ghas taken Edie around 50 minutes each time.

To carry on sponsoring Edie, visit her GoFundMe page here