Sale children go the exta mile for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (From Messenger Newspapers)
Send us news, start your message Messenger News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Sale children go the exta mile for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
4:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A TEAM of four Sale children strode out to complete a fundraising challenge to boost the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
The four youngsters, three of whom live on Exmouth Road, completed 250 laps of the cul-de-sac on Sunday – 21.1 miles.
The walk took almost nine hours and the quartet - Molly Nugent, Emily Marshall and and Luke Weader, all aged 10, and Dani Heywood, 12 - completed the challenge despite some minor injuries along the way.
Best friends, Molly and Emily, decided to raise money for the charity as Emily’s mum, Nicki, was diagnosed with the painful disease 20 years ago and the girls wanted to help others in the same situation.
They were joined by Emily’s cousin, Dani, and neighbour, Luke, to become a team of four.
Around the 18 mile point of the walk, Molly pulled a muscle and Emily’s feet were swollen.
Asked if they wanted to stop the walk, Emily replied: “People with rheumatoid arthritis suffer pain every day, they can’t just walk away from it. I am going to finish this walk for Mum and others like her.”
They have already surpassed their own fundraising target of £200 - and plan to raise more.
Nicki, 39, said: “Support from the community was overwhelming. Most of the cul-de-sac was out cheering them on and I am so proud of all four of them.”
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic, progressive and disabling auto-immune disease, affecting 690,000 adults in the UK. It is a systemic disease, which means it can affect the whole body and internal organs. There is currently no known cure.
The youngsters are busy planning a fundraising tea party and donations can be given via justgiving.com/EmilyMollyDani/.
Comments are closed on this article.