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Student strides out for 10km challenge

Brighouse High School Student Georgia Holleran, who was born with Hemiplegia, has completed 10km walk for charity HemiChat

Brighouse High School Student Georgia Holleran, who was born with Hemiplegia, has completed 10km walk for charity HemiChat

A Brighouse High School student has completed a 10km challenge in aid of a charity that supports children and young people .

Visually impaired Georgia Holleran was born with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which affects the right side of her body.

Despite having restricted use of her right hand and wearing a splint on her right leg to support her when weight bearing, it did not stand in her way to complete her fundraising marathon for HemiChat.

Di Kirby, PE departmental assistant, said:”One in a 1,000 children are diagnosed with hemiplegia every year, which is a lifelong neurological condition often caused by a stroke. This alone encouraged Georgia to undertake her fundraising challenge as part of the 1,000 miles of smiles awareness campaign.

“Throughout June and July, HemiChat was raising awareness of hemiplegia by challenging the children themselves and their siblings to travel a combined 1,000 miles to raise much needed funds.

“Georgia willingly rose to the challenge, walking 10 kilometres (approximately 6.2 miles) on the treadmill at Brighouse High School in two hours and 35 minutes.

“Her target amount was estimated to be in the region of £300, but with Georgia’s fantastic achievement and sheer determination to succeed, she raised a staggering amount, which has already surpassed the £1,000 mark.”

HemiChat is a registered charity that supports children and young people living with hemiplegia and their families, sharing experiences and offering advice.

Donations can still be made via www.justgiving.com/GeorgiaHolleran.

 

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