Hartlepool schoolboy takes on triathlon to help Nepal earthquake appeal

Travis Paul from Hartlepool
Travis Paul from Hartlepool
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Little Travis Paul has a heart of gold.

The seven-year-old Hartlepool youngster had heard about the Nepal earthquake disaster and was so touched by the plight of the people out there that he decided to do something to help.

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

The caring youngster came up with the idea of doing a sponsored run, bike ride and swim, and even drew up his own sponsorship form.

Travis completed his triathlon on Sunday, May 17, at the site of his family’s caravan in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, running 1.5 miles, riding just over two miles, and swimming four lengths of the site’s swimming pool.

He raised £105 and paid it to Natwest for D.E.C Disasters Emergency Committee who are supporting Nepal Earthquake.

Today his proud mum Jennifer Paul, 31, of Ashgrove Avenue, Hartlepool, said: “He’d been to school and I don’t know if they were learning about the earthquake or if the teacher had just mentioned it but he came home saying how he wanted to do something for the people affected, and he wanted to send them some money.

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

“I was busy dashing about and didn’t think anything more of it.

“But the next morning he came downstairs with his paper and colouring pens and was saying, ‘I’m going to swim, and run, and ride my bike’.

“My sister made him a proper sponsor form at work and that was it he was all set!”

She added: “When he said he wanted to run a mile-and-a-half I was saying ‘it’s too far’ but he really wanted to do it!

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

“So he did it at the caravan park. His dad was with him on the run, then I met him for the bike ride, and then when he’d done that he parked his bike up, he ran to the swimming pool and jumped in and did his lengths.

“He’s only just learned to swim as well so he did some without his float and some with.”

Once Travis, a pupil at St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Stratford Road, had completed his self-set challenge he told his mum that he now wants to do more charity activities.

Jennifer, an admin worker who is married to Paul Travis, 34, said: “He wants to do Miles for Men now.

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

“I just don’t know where it’s come from but it’s so lovely, and when we were handing ther money over in the bank I had a tear in my eye.

“I’m really proud of him, we all are. He is a lovely natured little lad.”

Travis Paul from Hartlepool

Travis Paul from Hartlepool