Inspirational Mathilda runs miles for children’s hospice

Mathilda Holland, aged nine, from Lyddington, who has completed a number of runs totalling 24 miles for Rainbows Hospice. EMN-151201-111558001
Mathilda Holland, aged nine, from Lyddington, who has completed a number of runs totalling 24 miles for Rainbows Hospice. EMN-151201-111558001
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A young girl from Rutland has raised nearly £1,000 for a children’s hospice after taking on the challenge of running a total of 24 miles.

Mathilda Holland, who is nine years old, from Lyddington set herself the challenge to run seven different routes throughout Rutland to help raise money for the Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

Mathilda, who is a pupil at Brooke Priory School in Oakham, successfully finished her running schedule just before Christmas, completing a total of 24 miles.

She took on a total of seven runs throughout December, including running from Lyddington to Uppingham, Lyndon to North Luffenham, Seaton to Lyddington, Normanton to Empingham, Hambleton, Brooke to Braunston and Lyddington to Stoke Dry.

Mathilda chose to help the Rainbows hospice after hearing about the work the hospice does for young children.

She said: “I ran a total of 24 miles with an adult running with me on each run. I took on a combination of running routes on roads, and some across fields and footpaths. Some were really muddy!”

Mathilda originally set herself the target of raising £50, but through generous donations she has so far raised a total of £950, with donations still coming in.

Mathilda’s mum Polly said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Mathilda. To see her running in the wind and rain with a big smile on her face was really quite something.”

Since finishing her challenge Mathilda has been busy writing thank you letters to all of those people that have helped by sponsoring her.

She said: “I am really pleased that such a lot of money has been raised for Rainbows hospice.”

Katie Baxter, head of Community and events at Rainbows said: “Rainbows is very grateful to Mathilda for putting so much time and effort into raising nearly £1,000 for the children and young people at the hospice.

“Mathilda’s efforts are inspirational and for someone so young she has shown remarkable determination to complete her challenge.”

If you would like to help Mathilda reach £1,000 you can still donate by visiting www.rainbows.co.uk/donate or by calling 01509 638000.