Two Preston children run mini marathon for charity

Posted on - 21st May, 2014 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Preston News, Schools, Sharoe Green
James and Tia after finishing the Mini Marathon

James and Tia after finishing the Mini Marathon

Two Preston children have taken part in a mini marathon to raise money for charity.


Tia Patel, 5, and James Wilkinson, 7, both pupils at Highfield Priory school, Fulwood, battled the heat on Saturday to compete in the BUPA Mini Great Manchester Run.

They both ran the two kilometre course to raise hundreds of pounds for Ronald McDonald House Charity in Manchester.

Tia’s father Dimal Patel a former London Marathon Runner says: “I’m really proud that Tia wanted to participate. Other people have been so supportive and impressed that she wants to take part at such a young age.

“Tia is an energetic, sporty girl and this run was a great opportunity for her to stay fit, as well as raise money for such a fantastic charity”.

Relaxing after completing their run

Relaxing after completing their run

Jo Wilkinson, Manchester Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities, comments: “As an independent charity we rely on the support of individuals, businesses and organisations so that we can continue to provide this important service to families in need. The Manchester House has annual running costs of over £600,000 so we’re incredibly grateful to Tia and her friends for all their efforts.

“Ronald McDonald House Manchester has supported 529 families in the Preston area and we are overwhelmed by the support and generosity given to the Charity by everyone. Events such as the Mini/Junior and 10k runs are a great way of not only raising funds but also increasing awareness of the work we do.”

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