Hartlepool girl gives up Coca-Cola in grandad’s memory

FUNDRAISER: 10 year old Winnie Talbot who help raise money in memory of her grandad William Talbot by giving up fizzy drinks for a year.
FUNDRAISER: 10 year old Winnie Talbot who help raise money in memory of her grandad William Talbot by giving up fizzy drinks for a year.
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A youngster gave up fizzy drinks to raise cash for charity in memory of her grandad.

Ten-year-old Winnie Talbot decided to give up her beloved Coca-Cola in July last year to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which helped her grandfather William Talbot in the last months of his life.

Winnie and her grandad.

Winnie and her grandad.

The former Sacred Heart pupil, who is originally from Bishop Cuthbert in Hartlepool and now lives in Ursuline in Liverpool, decided to take on her 12-month challenge in memory of her grandfather, from The Grove, in Hartlepool, who died, aged 69, last year.

“Macmillan nurses cared for her grandad and they were fantastic,” proud dad Ian Talbot said.

The determined youngster was inspired by her dad’s marathon fundraising effort and wanted to do her part to raise the vital funds.

“Previously I completed the Edinburgh Marathon for Macmillan, and she said: ‘Do I have to do a marathon?’ I told her she could do something else and she came up with the fizzy drinks challenge,” Mr Talbot added.

Christmas was really tough for her, as at Christmas we drink a lot of Coke.

Ian Talbot

Although Coke wasn’t a daily treat for Winnie, over the year she missed out during special occasions, choosing to drink only iced water, and even giving up fizzy sweets as she considered them to be ‘cheating’.

“It was something that was quite difficult for her,” Mr Talbot, a prosthetist, said.

“Christmas was really tough for her, as at Christmas we drink a lot of Coke.

“She was just drinking water and the ice was her treat.”

Winnie Talbot

Winnie Talbot

But the youngster didn’t give in and on July 30 this year, a year since starting out, she celebrated her successful challenge with a Coke.

Through donations from family and friends Winne surpassed her £250 target, raising £774 for the charity which provides free support and advice to people going through cancer.

Now Winnie, who has ambitions to be a doctor, plans to raise even more for Macmillan.

“We’re hoping to raise a bit more for Macmillan now and have been planning more events including a coffee morning and I will be doing an Iron Man in Bolton in 2016,” Mr Talbot added.

Copy picture of Winnie Talbot's grandad William Talbot.

Copy picture of Winnie Talbot's grandad William Talbot.

To donate to Winnie, visit: www.justgiving.com/Winnie-Talbot