30 May 2024

Pair go ‘walkies’ for charity challenge

By Rebecca Hannant

A Keyingham girl has set herself the challenge of walking 60 miles to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

Olivia Beadle, 12, and her nine- month-old border collie Meg, are taking on the charity’s Walkies Challenge.

As part of the build-up to their walk, Olivia has been busy training Meg, who had previously never been on a lead.

Olivia was inspired to raise money after losing several family members and friends to cancer. She said that, as she has got older, she has gained more of an understanding of the disease.

She was also inspired by well-known chef Tim Bilton, from Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, whom people will know from the Channel 5 series, Springtime on the Farm, with the Nicholson family. Tim, who is living with stage four cancer, was first diagnosed with a rare type of melanoma in 2013.

Olivia said: “I just want to help in some way to find a cure for this awful disease as I know so many people this has affected.”

She originally set herself a target to raise £100 for the Stand Up to Cancer Walkies Challenge.

However, after donations from friends and family, she has surpassed her target with money still coming in.

So far, Olivia and Meg have covered more than 40 miles, and at the time of going to press, had raised nearly £400.

Olivia’s father Guy Beadle said: “The support has been amazing.”

To donate, visit: fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/olivias-su2c-dog-walking-giving-page-13.