Lyddington girl Mathilda, nine, to run 20 miles for Rainbows

Mathilda Holland, aged nine, from Lyddington is gearing up for her 20 mile run for the Rainbows Hospice. Photo Alan Walters. EMN-141126-094030001
Mathilda Holland, aged nine, from Lyddington is gearing up for her 20 mile run for the Rainbows Hospice. Photo Alan Walters. EMN-141126-094030001

A young girl from Rutland is gearing up to run 20 miles before Christmas to help raise vital funds for a children’s hospice.

Mathilda Holland who is nine years old, from Lyddington has set herself the challenge to run seven different routes throughout Rutland to help raise money for Rainbows hospice for children and young people.

Mathilda who is a pupil at Brooke Priory School in Oakham said: “I’m really excited and pleased to be doing this for such a good cause - Rainbows is a really nice, happy place.

“I hope the money raised will help a lot and make the charity even better than it is.”

During the week’s leading up to Christmas, Mathilda will run a total of 20 miles across Rutland, starting this Sunday running from Lyddington to Uppingham.

Mathilda’s mother, Polly said: “She’s been very busy raising heaps and heaps of money.

“She has formed a great relationship with Rainbows and she is going at this all guns blazing!”

Karen Wale, fundraiser at Rainbows Hospice said: “What Mathilda is doing is amazing and the support she’s put into it is outstanding for a nine year old.

Mathilda had originally set herself the target of raising £50 but since then she’s already raised over £400.

Head teacher at Brooke Priory School, Elizabeth Bell said: “We are all excited for Mathilda and we are very proud that she is raising money for such a great charity.”