Seven-year-old clocking up the miles for charity

Lucy Fairall (seven), from Stubbington gets ready to walk ten miles for charity to raise money for Macmillan Nurses after her best friend's mum was diagnosed with cancer. Mum Charlotte keeps up the pace.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141128-3) PPP-140418-165627003
Lucy Fairall (seven), from Stubbington gets ready to walk ten miles for charity to raise money for Macmillan Nurses after her best friend's mum was diagnosed with cancer. Mum Charlotte keeps up the pace.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141128-3) PPP-140418-165627003
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A BRAVE seven-year-old girl is planning an epic 10-mile walk to raise money for a cancer charity.

Lucy Fairall will attempt the long trek on May 4 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lucy, from Stubbington, was inspired to do the challenge after Claire Sloane – the mum of Lucy’s best friend Katie – was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.

The 40-year-old has since going through chemotherapy, radiotherapy and has had to have a double mastectomy. She has been helped by Macmillan throughout.

Lucy said: ‘When I went round to Katie’s house, I saw her mum had breast cancer and I was very sad so I wanted to do a 10-mile walk to make her better.’

Lucy said she had been training for the challenge.

She said: ‘I walked up the Eiffel Tower and we have gone on long walks.’

Lucy said her friends and family were supporting her fundraising effort, and her mum, Charlotte Fairall, would accompany her on the walk.

She said: ‘They feel proud that I’ve done this. My daddy has helped raise money at work.

‘At school they have said to me “wow!”.

Claire said: ‘I was quite struck by how selfless she was in her act.

‘I think that with children, generally their life revolves around them and they can’t see through their world. It is so mature of Lucy.’

Lucy will walk from Stubbington to Lee-on-the-Solent and then to Fareham before returning home.

Charlotte said: ‘My daughter was shocked when she saw Claire going through chemotherapy and losing her hair and asked how we could make her better.

‘I tried to explain we can’t just make her better but we can try to help.’

Charlotte said that Lucy and Katie had become much closer since organising the walk.

She said: ‘The idea came up after a sleepover.

‘They have been best friends since they were six months old. It’s been lovely to see them’.

Lucy has raised more than £300 so far.

Charlotte said: ‘Each morning my daughter looks at the JustGiving page and says, “Look how much we’ve raised!”.’

Charlotte said the plan had lifted Claire’s spirits.

‘She cried when she found out,’ said Charlotte. ‘It’s really helped her.

‘She saw the amount we raised and it really picked her up.’

Visit justgiving.com/Charlotte-Fairall to donate.