Hannah’s got pedal power

Seven year-old  Hannah Gilbert, of Lynwood Drive in Stalmine, who will be taking part in a 15 mile sponsored bike ride in aid of Brian House hospice.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-5-2014

Seven year-old Hannah Gilbert, of Lynwood Drive in Stalmine, who will be taking part in a 15 mile sponsored bike ride in aid of Brian House hospice. PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-5-2014

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This little girl has a really big heart.

And she will show just how big when she gets on her bike to raise money for other children.

Seven-year-old Hannah Gilbert is gearing up for a 15-mile bike run next month in aid of Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham.

Hannah, from Stalmine, will be starting her mammoth ride from the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, at around noon on May 28, and riding all the way – accompanied by mum Catherine – to the Trawl Boat Inn, in St Annes, where her dad works.

The Year Two pupil, who has a two-year-old brother Lewis and 16-year-old sister Jade, was inspired to do something to help Brian House after hearing about the work the charity does in lessons at school at Stalmine Primary.

Catherine said: “Hannah decided she wanted to do something to raise money for charity and she chose Brian House.

“She has been hearing at school about children who aren’t as fortunate, children in countries like Syria and so on. And it really affected her.

“It’s made her really think about other children and be sensitive to what some children go through.

“She came up with the idea of doing something to raise money and then it just snowballed really.

“We went to have a look around Brian House and it made her determined to help.

“We have planned the bike ride, with me accompanying Hannah, of course. Fifteen miles is a long way for a seven-year-old.

“Family and friends have said they will be there to welcome her when she arrives in St Annes and her dad has said he will treat her to a pub lunch!

“We hope to raise as much money as possible, but also to raise awareness of Brian House and the wonderful work done there.

“I am immensely proud of Hannah and hope her example shows young people do think of others and do good things.”

Anyone who would like to support Hannah in her efforts, can visit www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Gilbert2