Leyburn author heading to Africa for charity work

Hannah and Little Alf.

Leyburn author Hannah Russell is heading to Africa to work with a charity that comes to the aid of working horses and donkeys.

Hannah will travel to Kenya to record a film, visit schools and see the work being carried out by the Brooke: Action for Working Horses and Donkeys charity.

Ahead of the trip Hannah has visited Le Cateau Primary School, in Catterick Garrison, who are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity.

Pupils have given her a scrap book outlining life at the school which Hannah will take to the Thiba Primary School in Kenya.

She said: “I will be visiting families, donkey care clubs, women’s groups and I will be telling them about school life in England and when I return, the same to Le Cateau.

“It’s going to be a great experience and I can’t wait to see the charities work.”

Hannah is an ambassador for the charity.

While still a teenager, and inspired by her pet pony Little Alf, a miniature Shetland, Hannah became an author and gained thousands of online followers.

She has now written eight books, edits a biannual magazine, released a clothing range and runs two shops in Leyburn.

Hannah says she is planning a new book of Little Alf’s adventures.

“I think a book about Little Alf and a donkey is in the pipeline for the charity, but we will have to see I have a lot to do when I’m there and when I return.

“I’ll miss Alf a lot while I’m away but luckily my parent’s will be looking after him.”