Ten-year-old pals have each set themselves a gruelling 100-mile summer challenge to raise vital funds for two worthy causes close to their hearts – treatment for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and research into brain tumours.
Maddie Delaney and Violet Hopkinson two school girls from Wye in Kent are taking on the mammoth challenge over the summer holidays. Through activities including cycling, swimming and walking the girls are looking to raise over £500 pounds to support the MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth and the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Violet and Maddie were interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio on Tuesday 29th August. Click on the link to hear their views [Their interview is near the end of the programme at 2:51:05].
Violet’s granny suffers from MS, which limits her movement and causes pain. She attends the Herts. MS Therapy Centre weekly to manage her pain and mobility, it has made a massive impact on her quality of life. The girls are keen to do something to help the centre that helps Violet’s granny by raising funds and creating awareness so that other MS sufferers can benefit.
Violet’s mother Fiona Hopkinson said: “We are so proud of Violet and Maddie’s passion and determination to raise funds and awareness for the MS Therapy Centre and Brain Tumour Research. They started their challenge, with a cycle through driving rain! We are also grateful as a family for the transformational services offered by the centre, that are so beneficial for my mother and many others.”
Maddie’s auntie Esca, who she never got to meet, died from a brain tumour when she was 13 years old.
Maddie’s mum Sidonie Delaney said: “Esca was the same age as the girls when she was first diagnosed with a brain tumour and after surgery and lots of radiotherapy and chemotherapy the tumour returned and she died when she was just 13 years old. She was also an amazing fundraiser, even when she was incredibly poorly. She was an inspiration to so many people when we were younger and showed great strength in fighting such a horrible disease. We are proud of the girls, for doing this in memory of my sister, and to support the MS Therapy Centre.”
The final amount raised will be split equally between the Herts MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth, Hertfordshire and Brain Tumour Research.
The MS Therapy Centre provides physiotherapy, oxygen treatment and a range of complementary therapies for people with MS and other neurological conditions.
The pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research is dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease and is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £30 – £35 million a year in line with funding for breast and leukaemia cancer.
To make a donation visit Maddie and Violet’s Virgin MoneyGiving page