“What they are doing is wonderful”: Brandon students organise fun run for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Georgia Sanders and Astin Burton have arranged a charity run at a Brandon Country Park to raise mone

Georgia Sanders and Astin Burton have arranged a charity run at a Brandon Country Park to raise money for Dt Nicholas Hospice Care. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Two secondary school students are hoping to repay the hospice which cared for their grandfather in his final days as they organise a fund-raising run.

Cousins Georgia Sanders, 13, and Astin Burton, 11, are showing that you are never to young to help others by organising the run at Brandon Country Park on July 12 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The IES Breckland Free School students were inspired to put on the event after the hospice cared for their grandfather, Percy Burton.

Astin said: 'We wanted to do something because our granddad died there and we'd like to raise some money for other families to get the same help that we had.

'We really need people to come forward and take part now.'


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Georgia said it was the first time the cousins had organised a fund-raising event.

'We are doing it all on our own and it does feel like a lot of responsibility,' she said.

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The pair are hoping to raise £500 for the Hospice, who cared for Mr Burton, who had motor neurone disease, for 10 days in July 2010.

'The staff were really friendly and helpful whenever we visited the hospice,' said Georgia.

'My mum was with him every day and they helped her a lot, and afterwards.'

Vinnie Burton, a cousin to Astin and Georgia, will also be helping organise the event.

The event will see runners take on a six mile course across the country park and is open to all.

Jenny Baskett, St Nicholas Hospice Care Events and Challenges Fundraiser, praised the pair for their generous spirit.

'We at the Hospice love it when youngsters give their time and energy to support us, so we were delighted to hear from Georgia and Astin about their fun run plans.

'What they are doing is wonderful and will help us to help more people like their granddad. We are very grateful for their efforts and hope lots of people support the run.'

The event will start at 11am.

To take part in the run, email Georgia and Astin via percyburton1948@yahoo.co.uk

Do you have a charity event we should be shouting about? Let us know by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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