Triathlon mission for kind youngsters

Emily Valentine, left, Shannon McQuade, Maisie and Ellie Taylor and Sophie Allan
Emily Valentine, left, Shannon McQuade, Maisie and Ellie Taylor and Sophie Allan
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THESE energetic youngsters from Wigan will be putting their endurance to the test in a bid to raise money for charity.

A team of 35 children aged between nine and 13 will be doing a mini triathlon – Kids Tri For Kids – in aid of When You Wish Upon a Star on Saturday.

Starting at Hindley Swimming Pool, they will swim 32 lengths – half a mile – and then cycle 10 miles Leverhulme Park, in Bolton, where they will then complete their final part by running around the track.

The sponsored event is the brainchild of sisters Elle and Maisie Taylor, of Hindley.

They were inspired by their dad, Tony’s, previous fund-raising efforts and wanted to do something on their own to help charities and so set up the children’s triathlon last year and are now making it an annual occurrence,

Elle, 13, a pupil at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, said: “My dad has done a 250-mile bike ride to Hull and back for Help For Heroes and I asked him if I could do it.

“He told me it would be too long and tiring and so my sister and I came up with our own idea – a mini triathlon.

“My dad helped to organise it and it has become a yearly thing – it has grown so much!

“My school is really proud of what we have been doing and teachers have even produced a newspaper article about it for its website. We have had a lot of support from people and we aim to raise £5,000.

“We have been around Hindley and collected £175 – I am thrilled everyone is helping out.”

Maisie, 10, who attends Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Hindley Green, said: “I chose When You Wish Upon A Star as I had to write a report on a charity at school and found out a lot about it,

“We really want to help other children live a life like we do and help find a cure so they can be happy.”

Dad Tony Taylor, 38, a plasterer, said: ”It is unbelievable what these children are doing.

“The fact that these children did it last year and want to do it every year is amazing.”

Their friend, Tyler Hill, 10, a Mabs Cross Primary School pupil, of Scholes, said: “It is good to try and help other children who are very poorly.

“I am good at running and doing athletics, so I thought I may as well use it to raise money for charity.

“It is good to be part of a team to help a special charity.

“I have been practicing hard, although I think I will be tired when I do it.

“But it will be fun and worth it.”

When You Wish Upon a Star is a small charity which grants the wishes of children between the ages of two and 16 years old suffering from life threatening illnesses.

These gifts allow the youngsters to forget about their experiences and have the chance to smile, laugh and enjoy life like any other child.

Wishes could be a trip to Disney World, in Florida, or Disney Land, in Paris, to meet their favourite characters and for others it is the chance to get up close to a favourite pop star or sporting hero.

Some children just want books or toys, whilst others want a computer to catch up on school work or keep in touch with their friends.

For more information visit www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk.

To sponsor the children or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/kidstriforkids