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Schoolgirl becomes one of hospital's youngest fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 09:52 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:52 16 March 2015

Mia Whitlock

Mia Whitlock

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Mia to run mini-marathon in memory of grandad

A six-year-old girl has become one of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice’s youngest fundraisers after signing up for a mini-marathon.

Mia Whitlock, a Year One pupil at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School in Blackfen, signed up for the fun run around Royal Greenwich Park to raise money for the hospice, which cared for her grandad in the last three weeks of his life.

“The nurses looked after Grandad and made him laugh and smile, and they were always there for him when he needed them most,” Mia said.

“The hospice needs more money to help more people. I’m looking forward to it.”

Mia’s grandad Gary Jolley died in the hospice three years ago at the age of 53 after a short battle with cancer.

Her mum Zoe, who used to work in the hospice shop in Wellington Parade and is doing the run with Mia, said: “Dad would sit in the garden at the hospice. It was peaceful there and it made him happy.

“I’m so proud of Mia for running in his name. She’s such a brave, determined little girl.”

Around 1,000 runners aged between five and 16 will be taking part in the 2.62-mile run, walk and jog on Sunday, April 19.

Last year 700 children took part and raised £34,647. This year the hospice hopes to raise £40,000.

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MiaWhitlock, or for more information visit www.communityhospice.org.uk, call 020 8319 9230 or email info@gbch.org.uk.

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