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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Famous faces cheer on Beatrice

A LITTLE girl from Dumfries has amassed a celebrity following from around the world for her lockdown fundraising efforts.

As we reported in May, Beatrice George, who is 20-months-old has been collecting pretty pebbles on her daily walks around Kingholm Quay and the Crichton gardens and raising money for the NHS via her JustGiving Page.
And her efforts have now not only raised more than £2000 but have also caught the eye of many famous faces from the worlds of TV and film, sport, music and politics, who have been cheering her on and sending video messages of support from around the globe.
Dad Matthew is blown away by the response and said: “We are now at £2000. It’s incredible since the initial target was just £50.
“She has now received over 150 messages from celebs, like Dame Judi Dench a couple weeks ago and Stephen Fry was the 150th to do a video message.”
Other big names include the Dalai Lama, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Sir Michael Parkinson and Glee star Lindsay Pearce.
In addition, runners Tyson Gay and Liz McColgan, footballers Roberto Carlos, Steph Houghton and Ian Rush, Strictly dancer Katya Jones, singer Chesney Hawkes, cricketer Jofra Archer, actors Sir Ian McKellan, John Barrowman and David Jason have congratulated the toddler, as did Kermit the Frog, Sir Michael Parkinson and Des O’Connor, Dawn French, author Julia Donaldson and many more.
Beatrice, from Kingholm Quay, has also been in big demand from media outlets and featured in a spread on kindness in Hello magazine alongside acting royalty Julia Roberts.
Meanwhile, a family friend has presented the Georges with a handpainted stone to commemorate her efforts.
To find out more or support Beatrice go to pebbles4nhs.co.uk or www.justgiving.
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