Labelled a superstar fundraiser a three-year-old has raised more than £300 for military charity Blind Veterans UK, to help fund their ongoing work supporting blind veterans across the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tot collected funds from her front garden on the week building up to VE day Lola Shutt from Egremont with dad Daniel Shutt helped bring in the numbers via social media.

On VE Day itself, there were goody bags for local children to take, with many leaving donations in Lola’s collection tin.

The hardworking toddler chose to fundraise for a charity that supports blind and partially-sighted veterans after going to see her cousin and blind veteran Darren Blanks complete the 26th mile of his back garden marathon. Inspired by Darren’s fundraising, she decided she wanted to do something to add to his total.

Lola’s dad, Daniel, said: “I’m so proud of Lola for raising a fantastic amount of money for charity and giving something back to the community at such a young age.”

Blind veteran Mr Banks says: “I decided to go ahead with a marathon in my back garden after the London Marathon was delayed and the charity needs the support more than ever at the moment.

"Lola did a fantastic job, and I know the charity will really appreciate the effort she put in to make it a success.”

Happy for the support Nicky Shaw, Blind Veterans UK director of operations said: “Having to self-isolate, blind veterans need our help right now with daily tasks, such as the shopping, and constant emotional support through this difficult time.

"We are temporarily changing our service and mobilising our staff to provide practical, essential support to help the most vulnerable.

"There is so much that we can and must do to help them maintain physical and emotional wellbeing, and to feel safe, reassured and cared for during this crisis.”