As the family live around the corner from police and fire stations, Anna explained Harper has become much more interested in the emergency services, experiencing some socially distanced but personal interactions with the services when she has clapped directly to them outside their stations. Her interest has also been spurred by video calls with her aunt, Laura Foster, a Surgical Assistant in the ophthalmology department at QueenElizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
With her splendid outfits cheering up the local community, Harper has so far raised over £900 out of the family’s aim of £1,000 for EACH.
Anna decided to choose EACH to fundraise for as her husband and Harper’s father, Daniel Knight, 28, a worker for children’s services in Norfolk, had experience with the charity from their former employer, Ashtons Legal.
Anna said: “It was important to us to choose a local charity that had been adversely affected by COVID-19. We tried to put ourselves in Harper's shoes and felt, if she could pick, she would want to help other children in the community.”
Going forward, Anna says her family will consider taking part in EACH’s other campaigns, such as Dress Up Friday, as her son Leo Knight, eight months old, is always in bed for Harper’s 8pm clap.
“It would be a great way to include Leo and as we're unsure how long the Clap for Carers will continue it would be lovely to be able to continue to support EACH by way of one of the many fabulous ongoing initiatives.”
Jo White, EACH Suffolk Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the amazing fundraisers people like the Knight family have set up to continue to support our vital care services. It’s great to see some really creative fundraising ideas come out of this challenging time during lockdown.”
To donate to Harper’s page go to www.justgiving.com/anna-
Like many charities, EACH has had to adapt to significant financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The charity’s fundraising team have been coming up with new at-home fundraising ideas, such as Dress Up Friday, virtual quizzes, haircuts, garden marathons and various others you can find here.