Preston youngster completes Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge to raise funds for hospital where she stayed after surgery

Posted on - 17th June, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Abi completed the Captain Tom 100 challenge

Abi, aged 12 from Preston, has completed the Captain Tom 100 Challenge to raise much-needed funds for Alder Hey Family House Trust at Ronald McDonald House in Liverpool.


Abi was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her ability to walk. In 2018 Abi had surgery meaning she could walk independently for the first time.

During her recovery, Abi’s Mum Helen stayed at Ronald McDonald House, and the family has been supporting the charity ever since.

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Abi can walk unaided at home but still uses a frame for longer walks. She was inspired by Captain Tom when she saw him on the news with his walking frame and when Mum Helen saw the charity were involved in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge she told Abi ,who immediately wanted to take part.

Helen said: “It took Abi two weeks to complete her challenge of walking around our estate 100 times. After the first lap I was worried we’d taken on too much but Abi was determined to stick with her original plan. Abi even broke her wrist at school towards the end of her challenge and didn’t give up!”

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Abi will be having a further four operations later this year with a two-year recovery programme and can’t wait to fundraise again knowing what she will be able to achieve.

Linda, from the fundraising team at the charity, said: “We are extremely proud of Abi for what she has achieved and I’m sure Captain Tom would be too.

“Abi has now raised £1,100, which will help keep 36 families close to their critically ill child for one night – which is amazing.”

If you would like to donate, visit Abi’s JustGiving page.

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