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Daisy’s Divas complete Great North Run to raise funds for infant with quadriplegic cerebral palsy

PUBLISHED: 13:21 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 19 September 2017

Daisy's Divas- Nicola Ward and Sarah Byatt - ran the Great North Run half marathon to raise funds for Daisy Mason. Picture: Courtesy of Nicola Ward

Daisy's Divas- Nicola Ward and Sarah Byatt - ran the Great North Run half marathon to raise funds for Daisy Mason. Picture: Courtesy of Nicola Ward

Nicola Ward

Two women dressed as giant daisies completed The Great North Run to help raise funds for a six-year-old with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Daisy's Divas Sarah Byatt and Nicola Ward gave a personalised Daisy heart to Great North Run founder Brendan Foster. Picture: Nicola Ward Daisy's Divas Sarah Byatt and Nicola Ward gave a personalised Daisy heart to Great North Run founder Brendan Foster. Picture: Nicola Ward

Sarah Byatt, from Leziate, and Nicola Ward, from Wiggenhall St Germans, were the last pair to make it over the start line on Sunday, September 10.

The Divas handed out around 1,500 Daisy hearts which were sent in by crafters from all over the UK and as far away as America in honour of six-year-old Daisy Mason.

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The hearts were given to fellow runners, spectators and police officers, along with personalised hearts for The Big Pink Dress Man, Elvis, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Great North Run founder Brendan Foster.

Mrs Byatt said: “Although this was our slowest finish time ever, we had the best time ever.

Daisy's Divas Sarah Byatt and Nicola Ward with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at the Great North Run. Picture: Nicola Ward Daisy's Divas Sarah Byatt and Nicola Ward with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at the Great North Run. Picture: Nicola Ward

“People loved receiving the hearts and we met so many lovely people, some of whom are now following us on our Daisy’s Divas Facebook page.”

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Mrs Ward added: “One of the highlights had to be singing with Elvis at mile 11 – apologies to anybody who had to hear that.”

The pair, who both work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, are raising money for Daisy’s physiotherapy in Kids Physio Works (KPW) in Colchester and for specialist equipment.

Daisy Mason, from East Winch near King’s Lynn, was born 12 weeks early and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Daisy Mason (6) took part in a Superhero Series triathlon at Dorney Lake in Windsor. Picture: Ian Burt Daisy Mason (6) took part in a Superhero Series triathlon at Dorney Lake in Windsor. Picture: Ian Burt

So far the Divas have raised more than £2,700 and and are hoping that once all donations have been received the number could reach as high as £3,000.

Daisy’s mum, Lucy Mason, said “We are so grateful to Sarah and Nicola for raising so much money for Daisy.

“This is a huge amount of money which will cover a whole year’s worth of intensive physiotherapy sessions for Daisy, with possibly a little extra to put towards Daisy’s new wheelchair which she hopes to receive soon.”

Their next project is to distribute handmade Christmas-themed Daisy hearts and Christmas decorations.

If you can knit, crochet or sew and would like to donate some Christmas themed items, please contact Nicola Ward by emailing nik1605@hotmail.co.uk

To donate, visit the Daisy’s Divas fundraising page here.

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