A hard day’s night for Tia

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Firefighters, friends and family put their best feet forward to raise money for brave Padiham girl Tia Taggart.

Seven-year-old Tia, who is courageously battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, inspired Padiham firefighter Christian Lopez and colleagues to walk on a treadmill for 24 hours – in full kit.

Christian said: “Fellow firefighter Phil Gardner and I liaised with Padiham Tesco to get it all up and running.

“Staff there looked after us all day and night by feeding us and keeping us hydrated free of charge so we would like to give a special thanks to them, and also Burnley Tesco’s night team who donated some toys for Tia’s birthday.

“Some of Tia’s classmates came down during both days to pack bags, and some of the teachers put on the gear and spent some time on the treadmill, as did Tia’s dad Lee who turned up in the early hours of the morning.

“We spent the whole night in Tesco, but had to cave in on occasions and get a power nap on the floor.”

In the final hours on the Saturday morning, a large crowed gathered to witness the countdown to the end of the epic event with firefighter Joe Horne, Crew Manager Ash Firth and Christian, who ran to see out the final stretch.

Firefighters presented Tia in hospital with canvases of the event, made and donated by Lee Slater of Padiham, and a final amount of £5,740 for her family.