A ten-year-old girl running the length of Great Britain in aid of her local care home has arrived in Sheffield, bringing her total distance so far to 600km.
Mia Richardson from Cambourne, Cornwall, is running 1347km from Lands End to John O’Groats in her living room to raise money for her local care home, Blackwood House.
Using a cross trainer, Mia has been running an hour a day since April 2, averaging 20km every day.
Her online fundraising page ‘Mia’s Magic Journey’ has raised over £5200 for Cornwall Care, which will be used to buy an interactive table used to improve the quality of life of those living with dementia.
Mia told JUSNews that the leg from Birmingham to Sheffield was difficult at times, but she is still excited to run every day.
She said: “Sometimes, I find it really hard when I go on my trampoline and then go running. But I am going to keep going.
“When I finish I’m going to be really tired out but I’ll be happy because I’ve raised money and hopefully I’ll have made it to £7000.”
Mia tracks her progress using a map which tells her how far major cities are from Lands End. After running through South Yorkshire today, Mia aims to end her run tonight in Wakefield.
When asked if she had any words for the people of Sheffield, she said: “Make sure that if you are doing something, try and raise some money at the same time.”
Mia’s dad, Dan Richardson, told JUSNews that he is overwhelmed with the support Mia’s fundraiser has received.
“Mia has always raised money for the care home by doing little things for the charity and her mum has worked for the charity for six years, so every time a fundraising opportunity comes up, she always thinks of them.
“Mia’s mum is just annoyed that her best fete for Cornwall Care raised £2500. She was really proud of that, but Mia’s raised twice the money in just a few weeks! It’s really phenominal.”
Mia is predicted to hit her 1347km target by mid June.
To donate to Mia’s Magical Journey, follow her fundraising page here