A chatty Denbighshire schoolgirl will be biting her tongue as she takes on a sponsored silence in support of our children’s hospices.

Elinor Jones is a talkative 11-year-old, whether she is bending the ear of her parents Sean and Tracy, or striking up conversations with her teachers and classmates at Frongoch Junior School, she can nearly always be heard.

“She does not stop for a single moment,” said mum Tracy Spencer-Jones. “To be honest most people who know Elinor can’t believe she’s decided to do a sponsored silence, especially for a whole seven hours.”

Elinor is an expressive youngster who dances at the North Wales School of Dance and attends The Denbigh Workshop Youth Theatre which was founded and is run by both her parents who are themselves actors, best known for their roles in West End musical Blood Brothers.

Why Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith?

“After a relative climbed Snowdon for charity recently, Elinor decided she wanted to do something to help people too, and she wanted it to involve children,” said Tracy. “She researched what would be a challenge for her, and staying quiet is certainly that, and when I told her about what Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith do for children and families in our area she instantly wanted to help raise money.”

Elinor now has a Go Fund me page and has already raised more than £300 towards the silence which she will be doing on October 17.

“It’s definitely going to be tough for her,” said Tracy. “But both myself and Sean are going to be taking it in turns to watch her like a hawk and make sure she stays silent. It will probably be the quietest Saturday we’ve had in 11 years.”

Fundraiser Sarah Ritchie said: “We wish Elinor good luck in staying silent, which is pretty tough for any 11-year-old to do, but for someone who likes to talk as much as she does it’s going to be really hard."