Five-year-old Edith racks up 150 miles

A big-hearted five-year-old who wanted to “help poorly children” is aiming to cycle 150 miles for Rainbows.

Edith Sidney is currently on mile 114 and is aiming to hit her target by her sixth birthday at the end of the month.  During weekends and after school, Edith has been doing loops on a greenspace near her Ellistown home with the help of her parents Stacy and Chris. Her two-year-old brother, Albie, has been cheering her on.

“She has been trying so hard and doing what she can when she can, which is often weather dependent,” said Stacy. “She saw another little girl had raised money for a charity around the same time she mastered cycling. She kept asking if she could cycle to support a charity all off her own back. We asked what she would like to raise money for and she said poorly children, so we suggested Rainbows.

“We are so proud of her. She is very kind natured anyway and always wants to help people. When we tell her she is amazing, she goes quite bashful. We are very overwhelmed by the support she has had and the money that has been raised, people have been so kind.”

To date, Edith has raised over £1,430 for the work of our hospice.

Rainbows Community Fundraiser Gary Farnfield added: “Everyone is so thrilled with Edith’s achievement. Her determination and willpower is incredible and she is a fantastic little fundraiser. Without the support of people like Edith, we would not be able to help the region’s poorliest children and young people and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts. Edith’s efforts will help support our current fundraising appeal, launched as we face loses of up to £1 million because of the Covid-19 crisis.”

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