Caring Burnley schoolgirl honouring VE Day veterans in charity run for NHS

Matilda Ford may only be 10.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 12:30 pm

But the Burnley schoolgirl is more than doing her bit during the pandemic.

After hearing about all the hard work of the NHS in battling the coronavirus Matilda decided she wanted to do something to help. So she decided to try and raise some money towards equipment for the East Lancashire Health Trust.

Matilda's mum, Carrie, suggested a sponsored run and together they came up with the idea to run 75k in May in honour of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Matilda Ford (10) is running 75k in May to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day and also raise money for the ELHT

Setting a £75 fundraising target Matilda, who goes to Christ the King RC Primary School, has now gone way past that and to date the total stands at a cracking £438.Matilda is now running, walking or scootering daily to reach the 75k target and to date she has completed 39.63 of them!

Carrie, a keen runner, runs alongside to spur her on, along with dad Bart and the family dogs Honey and Pickle.

Carrie, who is the bursar at St Stephen's Primary School in Burnley, said: "Matilda has done so well, she really wanted to do something to help but we never imagined she would raise so much.

"The support for her has been fantastic."

Matilda Ford (10) is thrilled, as to date, she has raised 438 towards equipment for the East Lancashire Health Trust.