A YOUNG girl from Bulwark has raised more than £300 for a guide dog charity by completing a special blindfolded walk across the M48 Severn Bridge.

Kelsey Hawker, aged nine, was inspired to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association after she saw an advert for the charity on October 27.

Within five days, she had raised £304 through sponsorships from her family, friends, and neighbours.

"I was taken aback, to be honest, when she said she wanted to do it," Kelsey's mum, Kym Swan, said about her daughter's plans to raise money for charity. "It was so spontaneous."

Kelsey, a pupil at Pembroke Primary School, saw an advert for the guide dog charity while the family was on a caravan holiday at Ladram Bay in Devon.

Within a day of coming home, Kelsey had been to the library to download and print out the sponsorship forms.

After raising the £304 through a combination of knocking doors and setting up a Justgiving page, Kelsey and her mum set off across the M48 Severn Bridge on Saturday, November 3.

"I'm very proud of her," Ms Swan said. "It was a 45-minute walk, and I thought she might not keep the blindfold on, but for more than half the walk she didn't even want me to guide her.

"She's a really good girl and she's also very helpful to my mum, who has multiple sclerosis."

Kelsey celebrated at the finish line with a banner she had made, saying "I've done it" and "I've raised £304".