Claudia is now 13 years old. Since the age of around 8 years old she has been raising money for various charities including Stop the Traffic (anti people trafficking) Shelter, Farplace Animal Rescue and more recently the BUAV (against vivisection). She has done this through taking part in sponsored events and also by donating her birthday money for the last two years. Claudia also volunteers with me (her mum) once a week at a local shelter for the homeless. When she is unable to go to the shelter during school term time she bakes cakes for me to take for the shelter visitors to enjoy. I believe Claudia should be considered as a torchbearer as she has done these things by herself, of her own accord because she wants to make a difference.