11-year-old Olivia Gardiner will be walking the Sugarloaf Mountain this summer with her mum, Michelle, to raise funds for Herefordshire Home-Start.
The mother and daughter team will walk 6.4km up and down the Welsh mountain, which they estimate will take between three and five hours. Olivia has a form of cerebral palsy, right-sided hemiplegia, so completing the trek will be no small achievement.
Michelle told the Ross Gazette that she and Olivia took part in the memory walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society last September, and they raised more than £700, so Olivia has since decided that she wants to do a challenge each year to raise funds for charity.
The date that Michelle and Olivia hope to walk the Sugarloaf has not been set in stone, but they are planning on completing it some time in June. Michelle explained that Olivia has a hospital appointment at the end of May to decide whether she needs an operation, so the date for the hike is dependant on the outcome of that consultation.
Michelle works at TSB in Ross-on-Wye, and she explained that the branch had selected Home-Start Herefordshire to be their charity of the year for 2017, which is part of the reason she and Olivia decided to raise funds for the charity.
Home-Start Herefordshire is an independent charity which offers support, friendship and practical help to families who are experiencing stress and finding it hard to cope and have at least one child between 0-19
If you would like to sponsor Olivia and Michelle, either call into TSB in Ross-on-Wye, or visit the website: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/michellegardiner1