Youngster skips a mile for charity

A bouncy nine-year-old raised £40 for the British Heart Foundation through a sponsored skip-athon.

Young Katie Calladine, from Kilburn, wanted to do something to raise funds for the charity after losing her granddad Keith to a heart attack last year aged just 67.

Katie has also been working towards the Healthy Hearts Badge at her 1st Horsley and Kilburn Brownie group – so the task of skipping a mile on the spot was a breeze she said, taking her just 30 minutes.

She said: “I am pleased to have raised this money for such a good charity that helps people with poorly hearts.

“Skipping is really good for your heart too, and I like to look after my heart.

“I wanted to help other people and maybe they won’t lose their granddads like I did.”

Kerry, Katie’s mum, added: “When we lost my father in law Keith, the whole family was devastated. My brother in law Paul has done so much fundraising for the BHF over the last few years and it appears to be rubbing off on the younger Calladines’.”