Schoolgirl beats triathlon challenge

26 November 2014

A SEVEN-year-old girl has raised £370 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice after setting herself a triathlon challenge.

Schoolgirl beats triathlon challenge

Photo (left to right): Grace Walsh with Health Care Assistant Susan Reeder and Staff Nurse Natalie Ward

Grace Walsh ran one mile, cycled ten miles and swam 250 metres in one day to fundraise for the Hospice in memory of her granddad Kenneth Walsh, a former guitar teacher from Swinley.

Mum Sam Walsh said: "Grace raised £170 for the Hospice in February 2013 by completing 250 tuck jumps, 250 star jumps, 250 straight jumps and 250 pike jumps but decided she needed a fresh challenge.
"Originally she wanted to run ten miles but in the end she came up with the idea of doing a triathlon in a day."

Sam joined Grace in running one mile and dad Darrol joined the pair as they cycled ten miles between Warrington, where the family live, and Widnes. Finally, Leigh Sports Village opened up a swimming pool for Grace free of charge so she could finish her challenge.

The schoolgirl, who attends Lowton West Primary School, had earlier fallen off her bike but was determined to carry on.

Dad Darrol said: "I'm unbelievably proud of Grace, she came up with the idea herself and she chose to support the Hospice.
"Dad went into the Hospice for a couple of weeks and then went back in again a couple of months later and passed away in May 2011. We spent an awful lot of time in there and he was looked after so well - it's almost like a hotel. He felt comfortable and really at ease with all the staff and we found everybody so approachable."

Grace is determined to keep on fundraising for the Hospice and is considering what her next challenge might be.

"Grace wants to do a climbing challenge next," said mum Sam. "She keeps talking about Everest but I think we'll try Snowdon first!"


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