Poppy Jones, 14, from Crickhowell, Powys, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy has set herself a goal to do a half-marathon of laps in her garden to raise money for Treloar’s in Alton, Hampshire.
She previously took on the first Brighton Marathon in 2017 with her father and brother who pushed her specially adapted chair around the hilly course.
Poppy has received enthusiastic support for her latest challenge from Treloar’s Patron Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL.
As part of his Love Your Garden series, in 2012, Titchmarsh redesigned a garden for Poppy and her family to enjoy as Poppy is unable to travel. He said:
“Poppy is proving that gardens are a great way of improving lives – not only by the peace, tranquillity and sustenance they offer, but also allowing endeavours like Poppy’s half-marathon to go ahead and help organisations like Treloar’s which do such vital work in the community. Well done Poppy!”
Poppy has set herself the challenge to support the work of Treloar’s during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said:
“I wanted to help Treloar’s with their COVID-19 appeal. Just like other charities, Treloar’s needs help to help young people like me during lockdown”
Rob Jones, Poppy’s father said:
“Poppy is fitting in laps with her busy home schooling timetable and daily support by Treloar’s. Treloar’s is keeping her busy with all curriculum subjects and provided a communication aid to assist. The teachers and therapists are great”.
To donate to Poppy’s challenge, please visit treloar.org.uk/donate.