Learn more about Zachy, the amazing Merlin’s Magic Wand Child Ambassador!
Zachy, aged 6, is always raising awareness and forever coming up with new fundraising ideas for Merlin's Magic Wand so that other children and their families can share magical moments of togetherness through our Magical programmes.
The reason Zachy started his fundraising quests was because of his little friend Annabel. Annabel is a 5 year old little girl who had lots of complex medical needs. When Zachy found out that she couldn’t go to Warwick castle and have days out like he did, he wanted to do something about it. Which is how he learned about Merlin’s Magic Wand. He was determined that he needed to raise enough for Annabel’s family to have a day out!
Thanks to Merlin’s Magic Wand they had two days of fun and most importantly happy memories at Alton Towers. Zachy absolutely loved seeing how happy this made both Annabel and her family and his love for the charity grew even more.
Very sadly, in June Annabel gained her wings. Zachy is now even more determined, he needs to succeed for Annabel. And he wants to raise enough for all children to be able to create those invaluable memories that Annabel’s Mummy and Daddy were able to create.
So, having completed a very successful fundraising event for Merlin’s Magic Wand in 2019 not even a global pandemic could put the brakes on Merlin’s Magic Wand’s child ambassador Zachy when started on a mission! Prior to the national lockdown, Zachy set himself a challenge, to ride his bike 100 miles to fundraise for Merlin's Magic Wand.
Determined as ever, when the lockdown was imposed the dates for the challenge needed to be changed but Zachy's commitment remained as focused as ever and he utilised his time during lockdown to train even harder. The pandemic inspired him even more, he said “I need to do this as so many more children will need days out when this is over”.
Despite a few setbacks, including punctures, tricky paths, and some very wet, windy and cold weather, we are delighted that over a five-day period in July Zachy completed his challenge! Making new Merlin friends along the way and accompanied by family, on the last stretch of his journey he was given a much-deserved hero’s welcome by The Warwick Castle team and a horse and flag guided him to the finish line.
Zachy rode a total of 101.55 miles! Riding his bike from Alton Towers Resort to Warwick Castle, with pit stops along the way at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham and the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. This truly amazing quest takes his fundraising effort thus far for Merlin's Magic Wand to an incredible £3,845!
Zachy will certainly have a monumental 2020 pandemic story to tell as he grows up. You can still donate to Zachy’s Quest at www.justgiving.com/zachys-quest.
Zachy is already conjuring up plans for his next big quest so watch this space! You can follow Zachy’s adventures @zachysquest
*Even in the festive season Zachy is thinking of others. He wrote his letter to Santa look what he asked for…” can you take presents to people in hospital… can I have a donation to Merlin’s Magic Wand please”