A four-year-old boy from Wilpshire refused to let his age or size get in the way when he decided to run a marathon to raise funds for those less fortunate than himself.
Sawrey, who attends Bowland Montessori Pre-school, decided he wanted to do something to raise money for children in need after watching the London Marathon and, backed by his fellow pre-schoolers and family, he went on to do just that.
Mum Katie Skelton-McLeod, who is a teacher at Pendle Primary School in Clitheroe, explained: “We came up with the suggestion of him doing a marathon, in stages, before he finished pre-school to go to primary school, and the mini marathoner was born!”
Over the last few weeks, Sawrey, who has a one-year-old brother River and whose father James is also a teacher, has been running various distances of one to two kilometres to add up to a marathon.
He’s even had his own online fundraising and Facebook page.
Sawrey’s marathon challenge finished with him running the last half a kilometre with his pre-school friends around Clitheroe Castle field. The pre-school also held a sponsored walk of three miles around the Twiston area to raise money for the same cause – the charity Save the Children.
So far Sawrey’s marathon challenge has raised £367.50, while £428.89 was raised through the sponsored walk making a total of £806.39.
The charity Save the Children works with families across the UK providing basics from hot meals to blankets and beds. As little as £150 can buy a bed for a child in the UK so they no longer have to sleep on the floor.
To make a donation to Sawrey’s challenge visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=KatieandJames&pageUrl=4