Amelia’s run nets cash for hospice

Amelia McLeod
Amelia McLeod

A THOUGHTFUL schoolgirl completed a charity challenge in tribute to her late gran by raising a whopping £500 for a vital service.

Eight-year-old Amelia McLeod took 15 minutes to run round the block where her dad lives 10 times to raise money for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Amelia’s proud family believe the spirit of her late grandmother, Eileen Smith, 65, who lost a battle with cancer on August 27, was running by her side.

It is hoped the youngster has raised at least £500, with more cash pouring in.

The Sacred Heart Primary School pupil said: “I’m quite proud and feel very good about myself. “I feel happy that I did it for my grandma.”

Amelia’s proud mum Barbara McLeod, a 35-year-old JHP Training worker from Seaton Carew who is also mum to Cameron McLeod, four, said: “She did amazingly well.

“She didn’t stop at all, I’m very proud of her.

“She feels she’s accomplished something very important and I think her grandma was running with her all the way.”

Amelia’s dad, Simon McLeod, a 41-year-old self-employed gas fitter, who lives in Evergreen Close, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, said: “She was tired and aching at the end.

“She did it in front of about 10 to 15 friends and family.”

Simon, who lives with partner Melanie Jackson, a 36-year-old Hartlepool Borough Council worker, and step-daughter Bekkah, eight, who helped Amelia gather sponsorship, added: “I’m over the moon, just ecstatic for her.

“It was absolutely brilliant that she came up with the idea.”

Mum-of-three Mrs Smith, a former Marks and Spencer’s worker who was married to husband Terry, a 68-year-old retired builder, spent her last days at the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

The hospice’s events and community facilitator, Greg Hildreth, said: “It’s a fantastic result.

“Amelia is a shining example to other young people out there for supporting the hospice and helping her community.

“It’s a lovely tribute to her grandmother and I’m sure her family must all be very proud of her.

“On behalf of everybody at the hospice I’d like to say thank you very much.”