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Parliament trip inspires Child of Courage Chelsea

Thursday 11th July 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)

A VISIT to the Houses of Parliament has spurred on Child of Courage Chelsea Neat to go further to achieve her fund-raising goals.

The 15-year-old spent the day chatting with Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and other ministers when she visited the Speaker’s House on Thursday as her prize for being selected as one of the Mail’s first Children of Courage.

But rather than just sit back and enjoy the day, she used it to lobby Mr Griffiths to get behind her in her efforts to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Pingle School student Chelsea was joined by her mum Clare and grandfather as she went down to the capital for the day. Members of the five rotary clubs which backed the awards.

Clare Neat said: “It was brilliant, we all had a really good day. It was all pretty impressive and she’s really grateful for the opportunity.

“It was an experience none of us will ever forget, and we would never have done it if it hadn’t been for what Chelsea has done.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.”

Chelsea had been to London only once before this, and she had not had chance to do any sightseeing. This time, however, she was given a tour around the Houses of Parliament by staff.

She also took the opportunity to bend the MP’s ear about her charity work to support injured soldiers.

“He asked her more about her fund-raising and what she has in mind for the future.

“I think it inspired her to make more people aware. It’s given he some ideas and really spurred her on,” Ms Neat said.

Chelsea has organised a number of events to raise money for the cause, and further activities are planned in coming months.

All the winners of the Children of Courage Awards had been invited to the reception, but unfortunately on Chelsea had been able to make it.

Mr Griffiths said: ““It was an absolute pleasure to host a reception in Parliament. Mr Speaker very kindly allowed us to use his state apartments for the celebration and it was great to be able to hold it in such wonderful surroundings.

“Congratulations again to all of the award winners, your awards are all very well deserved. I also pay tribute to the Burton Mail and our local Rotary clubs for organising such a fantastic initiative to celebrate our young people.”

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