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Lea girl aged 4 runs for 100 minutes to raise funds in honour of classmate with Leukaemia

Posted on - 23rd May, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Lea, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Arla Faulkner
Arla donned a Cinderella dress for her final run

A four-year-old Lea girl has completed a 100-minute running challenge in honour of her friend who has cancer.

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Arla Faulkner smashed her £50 target to raise £450 for Milly’s Smiles, a charity that supported her classmate Jacob after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2018.

The charity provides bags of useful items to help children who are admitted to hospital with a new cancer diagnosis.

Firm friends Arla and Jacob met at a playgroup when they were toddlers, and are now in the same class at school.

Arla took on the fundraiser as part of the Captain Tom 100 Challenge.

She has followed in the footsteps of her mum, Laura Faulkner, who completed her own challenge in September 2020 to raise funds for the UK’s only PCOS charity Verity.

Read more: Lea PCOS sufferer walking 100 miles with her baby – after being told she’d never have children

Proud Laura said: “Arla was extremely excited to be doing this to help other poorly children like Jacob.

“On her first run, Arla ran just over a mile in 15 minutes. During the run she fell and cut her knee, but got straight back up and carried on running.

“She completed her challenge one day after school, and wore her Cinderella dress for the finale!”

To donate, visit Arla’s JustGiving page.


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