One of our youngest Hospice Heroes has lived up to her title by taking on not one, not two, but three events for the campaign.
Now she’s also inspired eight other people to take on their own challenge too to raise even more money for The Gazette’s campaign in aid of Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Seven-year-old Mia Riley made her first £70 for the appeal by having a spring clean and selling her unwanted books.
Then on March 19 she completed a sponsored swim at Reform Health Centre, Blackpool, swimming 20 lengths in 30 minutes, raising £157.
And she’s spread the word of the campaign to tourists visiting Blackpool at her family’s hotel, Springfield Hotel on Charnley Road, by charging any cheeky guests who swear in the bar to raise more than £50. Mia has now encouraged her dad Jay and eight of his friends to hold a sponsored 24 hour darts event on Sunday.
She said: “It feels good to raise money, it’s nice helping the children at Brian House.
“It’s going to be hard work for them playing darts but it’s going to help more people.”
Proud dad Jay added: “We’ll be doing a darts marathon, throwing for 24 hours in teams of three and Mia will be there to encourage us and selling raffle tickets and keyrings and teddies for Brian House.
“It’s fantastic what’s she done, it’s all her own ideas.
“It makes us so proud of her, especially given she’s so young.”
The seven-year-old initially hoped to raise just £100 for The Gazette’s appeal to raise £200,000 for a massive redevelopment of the palliative care units in Bispham.
Instead the pupil at St John’s CE Primary School, Blackpool, has raised close to £300 and the darts players hope to take that well above £750.
The darts event starts at midday on Sundayat Scruffy Murphys on Corporation Street, Blackpool, with the three teams of three throwing for 20 minutes at a time each over a 24 hour period.
Money raised through Hospice Heroes will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s history.
Already, in Brian House the lounge area boasts a huge under-the-sea mural, a brand new kitchen and creative therapy room.