A SCHOOLGIRL ditches screens for two weeks to raise money her local children’s hospice.

Alice Choyce, 10, gave up watching TV, and using a tablet or computer for the challenge - which raised £120 for Acorn's Children's Hospice.

She choose the charity after noticing it when she was walking home from school with her mum Rebecca Choyce.

Mrs Choyce, from Dace Road, Worcester, said: “She’s always keen on helping others. When I explained to her the work that the hospice does to support children that are less advantaged, she really wanted to do something. I am incredibly proud of her.”

Alice had been learning about saving electricity at 1st Worcester Scout Group when she realised, she could save electricity and raise money at the same time.

Alice said: "It was hard to stay off the screens but I kept busy by reading lots of books and “drawing pretty pictures.”

Her mum added: “Alice has been writing stories, cooking and helping around the house. It is amazing to see what children will entertain themselves with when their options are limited. I would recommend other families trying a screen free day or two, it has been brilliant.”

Mel Hall, area fundraiser for Acorns, said: "It's always really humbling when children as young as Alice raise money for Acorns and it’s lovely that walking past the hospice was enough to inspire her to support us.

“To go without any technology for two weeks is a real challenge. As a charity we rely on donations and fundraising by the local community to continue our work caring for children and families, so on behalf of everyone at Acorns I'd like to say a big thank you to Alice.”

To find out how you could take part in fundraising visit: https://www.acorns.org.uk/