Youngsters run hearts out for charity

DRESSED in yellow and blue, youngsters ran their hearts out to raise cash for a charity which provides equipment to help those who cannot run and walk.

DRESSED in yellow and blue, youngsters ran their hearts out to raise cash for a charity which provides equipment to help those who cannot run and walk.

More than 50 Brownies from the 1st Old Felixstowe and 7th Felixstowe packs, Rainbows from the 2nd Felixstowe, and guides who serve as young leaders, took part in the special event.

Brown Owl Penny Parker paid tribute to the wonderful effort of everyone involved – with special praise for seven-year-old Grace Emery, who managed 34 laps of the Kingsfleet primary school field.

She also thanked Kevin Purser, whose daughters are involved with the guiding movement, for taking part.

Money raised in sponsorship will go to the Whizz-Kidz charity, which aims to give disabled children and young people independent mobility by providing customised wheelchairs, tricycles and other specialist equipment.

"Two years ago we held a disco to raise money for Whizz-Kidz and this time we decided on a sponsored run – using movement to raise money for those who cannot move so well," said Penny.

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"It helps the brownies understand how and why we are helping this charity. The girls have done really well and all seem to have enjoyed it, too."

The packs have been able to see the results of Whizz-Kidz' work, too, as Penny's daughter, guide Lauren Parker, 12, who has mobility problems, has been provided with a special three-wheeled bike by the charity.

Today more fundraising was taking place in Felixstowe for the group with pupils at Kingsfleet having a non-uniform day and wearing blue and yellow instead.

WEBLINK: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk