Lily Jones from Colwyn Bay has set herself a fitness challenge and is lacing up her trainers in aid of St David’s Hospice.

The twelve year old plans to run approximately three miles a day, totalling 60 miles by the end of the month of May. Accompanied by her parents or brother, she is taking part in memory of her Grandad John Connolly who was cared for by St David’s Hospice.

Year 8 pupil Lily said:

“I wanted to help the Hospice as I understand their fundraising events are not taking place and with their shops being closed, they need some support! My Grandad was looked after so well at the Hospice and I want to do everything I can to help them, as they helped us all”

St David’s Hospice recently announced they are facing huge financial challenges with extensive losses income due to the Covid19 and have launched The Recovery Fund for 2020 to ensure survival.

Her mother Sarah Jones said:

“My Dad, Lily’s Grandad was cared for at the Hospice in 2017.

“The care at St David’s Hospice was amazing! Everyone from cleaners, and carers to doctors and cafe staff were all caring, thoughtful, discreet and remembered us personally.  It was so professional.

“The support for my Mum during and after his care was truly outstanding.

“We are thankful every day that he had his last few weeks made more comfortable by the expertise and outstanding staff in the Hospice.”

Sarah continues:

“My Dad was a keen runner and part of North Wales Road Runners Club.  He completed dozens of road races, the London Marathon being his biggest achievement.

The first couple of weeks have been tiring and hot for Lily’s runs.  I am so proud of her she is an inspiration.”

Two weeks into the challenge and Lily’s online donation page has already raised over £1000 for the local charity. If you would like to support Lily’s fundraising efforts go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LilyJonesMay2020