AT THE tender age of two, Izabelle Cassap ran her first charity 5k run.
It’s an achievement she has repeated as she has grown up and in this year’s Race for Life she will attempt to complete a 10k run.
Izabelle, now seven, has been nominated by her proud mum, Hannah Cassap, who runs alongside her daughter in the races, although in recent years has had to watch super-fit Izabelle dart off ahead of her.
Izabelle has been nominated for The News Youth Awards in the Fundraiser of The Year category, which recognises a young person or group who has tirelessly raised money for charity.
Details on how to nominate are below
Over the five years Izabelle has helped to raise £1,200 for Cancer Research UK and each year has a bucket collection at her school, Fairfield Infants in Havant.
Hannah, 33, of Blackmoor Walk, Havant, said: ‘She was running when she was two years and 10 months. She did not run all the way, but ran quite a bit of it.
‘This year will be her fifth year.
‘I am very proud of her. We do a little bit of training leading up to it. We started on Saturday and did a six-mile bike ride.’
Hannah, a support worker in a radiotherapy centre, runs the races as a tribute to her grandad, George New, who was 65 when he died from prostate cancer.
She said: ‘Izabelle’s aware of why we do it. She says it’s raising money for poorly people. She knows my grandad meant a lot to me. She’s quite keen and she enjoys it. Maybe she also enjoys beating me when she’s running! Last year she ran off quite far ahead and ran back to me so she did almost double the distance. The last few years she’s come home and played out on her scooter for the rest of the afternoon.
‘I come home and need a lie down, but she has loads of energy.’
Izabelle is just one of several nominations we have received for the awards, but more are needed.
The other categories are Best Friend of the Year, Hero of the Year, Star of the Community, Star of the Family, Star of the Environment, Inspiration of the Year, Challenging a Disability, Learner of the Year, Music Star, Arts/Media star and Stage Star. The awards are for anyone aged 17 or under.
How to nominate
Call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 to request a nomination form.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a nomination form or go to jpsouthevents.co.uk and download a form. The deadline is April 24.