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Teenager launches virtual hugs fundraiser for Alexander Devine charity

Teenager launches virtual hugs fundraiser for Alexander Devine charity

Teenager launches virtual hugs fundraiser for Alexander Devine charity

A teenager with a life-limiting condition is hoping her ‘virtual hugs’ fundraiser for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service will light up social media networks.


Holly George, 13, who was born with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic disorder, has come up with the fundraising idea ‘A Million Hugs for Holly’.

Her ambition is to raise the final £1m needed to build Berkshire's first children’s hospice in Woodlands Park.

Holly, who lives near Newbury, hopes Facebook users will donate £1 as a ‘virtual hug’.

Her electronic initiative has already raised more than £3,500 since going live on Thursday, July 2.

Holly, who needs help and medical attention round the clock, said: “I am so lucky as the hospice already helps me at home by sending an Alexander’s Nurse to look after me.

“We have lots of fun and it gives my mum and dad a rest from caring for me.

“I wanted to help raise some money to say thank you for all they do for me and my friends.

“I am not well enough to do a physical challenge and that’s when I had an idea.

“I love computers so, what if I could get a message to go viral or even round the world?”

Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/millionhugsforholly to make a £1 donation.

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