Schoolgirl's run provides a boost for St Helens charity

Amy hands over the cheque to the hospice's senior fund-raiser Diane Swann
Amy hands over the cheque to the hospice's senior fund-raiser Diane Swann
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A caring schoolgirl pulled on her running shoes to raise money for the St Helens hospice that cared for her grandmother.


Eight-year-old Amy Lloyd decided to run 5km in aid of Willowbrook Hospice.

Amy sets off on her run

Amy sets off on her run

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Her nan Joan Durrans was admitted to the hospice in October 2010 with a complicated secondary cancer, after previously being treated and cleared of skin cancer and breast cancer.

Unfortunately, the severity of the cancer meant treatment was not an option but after a few difficult weeks she was able to go home for Christmas.

She returned to Willowbrook in early February 2011, where she died on April 18, 2011, aged just 52.

Amy said: "When I was two my nanny fell ill and had to go to hospital. She was very poorly and could not come home. She had to go to a special place called Willowbrook Hospice. The nurses and doctors there were lovely. They looked after her for a long time until she went to the sky.

"I really wanted to raise some money to help the special people at Willowbrook help other people who need them so I set myself a ‘sofa to 5k’ challenge. Even though it was cold and a bit snowy, I did the 5k in 40 minutes and 10 seconds and raised £256 for Willowbrook."

Her mother Laura said: “The team at Willowbrook were amazing with both Joan and the rest of our family – nothing was too much trouble and everyone was so supportive.

"We are incredibly proud of Amy and her determination to complete the run in memory of her deeply missed nan. We just kept telling her that Nanny was watching and she'd be so proud of
her.”

Diane Swann, senior fund-raiser at Willowbrook, said: "It’s fantastic that at such a young age Amy already understands the importance of supporting Willowbrook and how the money she’s raised can make such a difference to people who need us.

"Amy is a real credit to her family and on behalf of Willowbrook, I’d like to congratulate her not only on completing the 5k but also for raising such an incredible amount of money for us.”