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by Henry James (October 2019)

A BIG-hearted youngster from Skelmersdale is on course to raise an incredible four-figure sum for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by running 2km every day in October - come rain or shine!

Ten-year-old Jack Grady was so moved after watching a television programme about sick children being treated at the world-famous Liverpool hospital that he decided to do his bit to raise funds for the cause.

And after initially setting himself a modest target of £100 in sponsorship, he is already well on the way to the £1,000 mark with more than half that total already pledged barely a quarter of the way through his schedule.

By the end of the month, Jack, a pupil at Trinity CE/Methodist Primary in Kiln Lane, will have clocked up more than 38 miles.

And his parents are right behind his efforts. Dad, Ian, said: “Jack is determined to doing 2km every day in October - rain or shine, before school or after school.

“He has already raised more than £500 and his mum and I are so proud of him.

“2km might not seem a lot but for someone so young to show the dedication to do it every day for a month, we think, is out of this world.

“His first target was £100 and he smashed that in a couple of hours.

“Jack came up with the idea himself after he saw a programme on television and wanted to do something for poorly children.

“Although he has never needed Alder Hey, he says his children or grandchildren might need it at some point in the future.

“And Alder Hey have sent him posters and balloons to support him and they have promised that he can have a tour of the hospital after the fundraiser.

“He has already been to have a look at Alder Hey.”

Meanwhile the family’s local pub, the Derby Arms, have also chipped in raising £100 for him.

Jack’s parents run with him on alternate days and some of his friends have also joined him. Now teachers at the school also plan to run with him and even his 63-year-old gran has taken part!

Jack, who is the sports council leader at school, runs from his home to the Greenhill, then around Trinity school and back home again. His fastest time to date is 12 minutes.

And he has set up his own Facebook page which is updated every day and he is trying to get as many people involved as possible.

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