Brave schoolgirl walks six miles with her leg in plaster to raise money for Hartlepool hospice

Amy Griffiths. Picture by FRANK REID
Amy Griffiths. Picture by FRANK REID

Caring schoolgirl Amy Griffiths showed a cast-iron will to raise money for a charity close to her heart by walking more than six miles with a pot on her foot.

The determined 10-year-old raised £400 for Hartlepool & District Hospice and the town hospital’s chemotherapy unit by walking from Seaton Carew to Hartlepool Marina and back again.

Amy Griffiths. Picture by FRANK REID

Amy Griffiths. Picture by FRANK REID

Amy set herself the charity challenge to help people affected by cancer as her grandad Robert Dickinson, aged 59, is currently battling the condition.

Mum Leanne Dickinson, 38, said: “She just said ‘I’m sick of this cancer, I want to do something’.

“Amy wanted to put the money to causes in Hartlepool and decided to give it to Hartlepool & District Hospice and the Hartlepool chemotherapy unit.

“She is so caring. She was not bothered about herself.”
 Amy, who attends St Teresa’s Roman Catholic School, has had the cast on her right leg for the last six weeks after an operation on her Achilles tendon.

Amy Griffiths with her mum Leanne Dickinson Picture by FRANK REID

Amy Griffiths with her mum Leanne Dickinson Picture by FRANK REID

But despite the obstacle, she walked 6.3 miles from the clock tower at Seaton Carew to Navigation Point on the marina and back again.

She was supported by Leanne, an assistant cook at Fens Primary School, and her cousin Cara Dickinson, 15.

Amy said: “I felt excited doing it, I wasn’t tired at all. About half-way I did get a bit of a stitch but I was glad I was doing something for charity.”

Amy raised about £300 in sponsorship from the walk plus another £50 from a cake sale in school.

And workers at Primark in Hartlepool, where Leanne’s sister-in-law Heidi Daurge raised another £50 from a collection.

The proceeds will be shared between the two causes.