FOR a little girl, Hannah Parkinson has a big heart.
The nine-year-old, from Poulton, will be trekking across Morecambe Bay for the second year running to help other youngsters less fortunate than herself.
Last year’s walk saw Hannah wading through waist-high water and mud in cold, wet and miserable conditions – but she was determined to complete the eight miles.
And for her eight birthday, she insisted that, rather than give her presents, family and friends made donations to charity.
She is raising funds for the Space Centre, in Preston – a large, multi-sensory environment for adults and children with learning disabilities, brain injuries or development delay.
Mum Claire said: “I am so proud. I was quite surprised when she wanted to do the walk again.
“Last year, the weather was horrific. It was raining, windy and cold. There were teenagers giving up, but Hannah was determined to keep going. She wouldn’t give up.
“Hannah is a keen walker, as is her dad, and they walk together quite a lot. We also go on walks as a family.
“She was the youngest person taking part in the Morecambe Bay walk last year. We chose Space after a friend told me about it and Hannah liked the fact it was helping children, although it helps adults too.
“We’ve been to visit and were so impressed. Hannah is very appreciative of what she has, and realises not all children can just get up and play and run around like she can.
“When Hannah turned eight, she decided she didn’t want presents for her birthday and asked people to give donations.
“One of her friends had done something similar for her birthday, and Hannah decided she wanted to as well.
“We were sitting at breakfast one day and she said she felt she had so much already, it would be nice to do something to help others.
“She is very kind and thoughtful and I’ve been really impressed with her.”
Hannah has managed to raise nearly £600 through previous events, and hopes to raise even more this time.
She said: “I enjoyed it last year, despite the weather. I’m looking forward to doing it again.
“I felt really good about raising the money and helping other people.”
To sponsor Hannah, log onto www.justgiving.com/hannah-parkinson3.