The little fundraiser, taking on a big challenge!
26th July 2021< BACK TO NEWS
This summer, there will be plenty of ten year olds out on their bikes. But for Olivia, it won’t just be to the park and back – she’s cycling 140 miles over three days to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.
The youngster will be pedalling her way from Whitehaven, in the Lake District, to Sunderland, in memory of her Granny, Ann, who was suddenly diagnosed with cancer last year.
Olivia got the cycling bug from her Dad, Nick, when she was just six years old. She’s already completed a 30-mile challenge in Derbyshire, and recently rode 300k in 30 days. However, Olivia knows this challenge will be harder!
That’s why training is important. Every week Olivia goes to a cycling club, and each weekend gets out into the countryside to practice pedalling over the hills of the Lake District with her Dad. It doesn’t stop there either, in Olivia’s free time she’s glued to the Tour de France and other cycling events, picking up tactics and tips to use in her challenges.
Olivia’s mum, Emma, says ‘Weldmar made Ann very comfortable in her last few months. She struggled with sickness, and they were able to help her with that so she could get out to do things. They gave Philip, Ann’s husband, lots of support. Olivia wanted to give something back.’
Emma adds ‘The hospice did so much in a short space of time. We weren’t able to be there due to Covid, but having Weldmar there put our minds at ease.’
The whole family has got involved with the challenge, even Olivia’s Aunt in Scotland has been selling raffle tickets to help with fundraising.
Olivia will start her challenge on Monday 2nd August.
We wish Olivia the very best of luck with her challenge! If you are doing something out of the ordinary to raise money for Weldmar, we’d love to hear from you.