Barrow 8-Year-Old Walks 5Km A Day For Bay Hospitals Charity

An eight-year-old girl from Barrow plans to walk 5km every day in February to raise money for Bay Hospitals Charity.

Lilli-Mae Archer raised more than £1,500 for the charity last year when she cycled 53 miles in a week, and has set herself an even bigger challenge this time around.

Lilli-Mae during her cycling challenge.

Lilli said: “I want to raise money for the NHS because I want to help allthe sick people.

“My Nanna Karen works at Furness General Hospital and she tells mehow hard they all work. I want to raise as much money as I can.”

Her mother, Steph, said: “Lilli-Mae is looking forward to walking 5k every day in February, even though this will be a challenge for her, to raise as muchmoney as she can for Furness General Hospital. Lilli understands the pressure the NHS is under and wants to help where she can.”

Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitalsof Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients morecomfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.

Sue Smith OBE, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive,University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s really heart warming to see someone as young as Lilli-Mae put in such an amazing effort to support her local hospital.

“As well as doing something that will make a big difference to patientsand staff at Furness General Hospital, she’s setting a fantastic examplefor all of us about the importance of daily exercise for mental andphysical wellbeing.”

Lilli-May is the second youngster to take on a challenge for the charity sofar this year.

Last month Emme-Rose Deakin, also from Barrow, raisedmore than £1,300 for Bay Hospitals Charity with a daily walk of at leastone mile.

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay HospitalsCharity on 01524 516064 or visit www.bayhospitalscharity.org

And to support Lilli-Mae’s fund-raising effort, visithttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephanie-archer5