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Millions of Keepy-Uppies

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

An 11-year-old girl who inspired thousands to do 7.1 million "keepy-uppies" for charity has been nominated for a FIFA Fan Award.

The schoolgirl was inspired to do something to raise funds for charities supporting key workers after seeing the now legendary Captain Sir Tom Moore walking laps of his garden for the NHS. So, in April last year, Imogen, from Cambridgeshire, England, decided that she would do one keepy-uppy for each of the UK's 7.1 million key workers - but when she realised that she couldn't do it all on her own, others joined the challenge.

About 2,000 sports clubs, school groups and individuals "donated" 5,976,414 keepy-uppies, taking videos of themselves and sending them to her parents.

Imogen completed a total of 1,123,586 keepy-uppies herself during an unbroken 195-day run, reaching more than 7,000 a day, in smaller batches, during lockdown and the summer holidays. She successfully raised £19,921 for nine charities, including NHS Charities Together, Mind, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and The Fire Fighters Charity.

As a results of her efforts, and for inspiring so many others, she has been nominated for a FIFA Fan Award, which celebrates "an outstanding moment or gesture by any fan or fan group".


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