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29 Jul 2019 Community

Running for Kirkwood Hospice

10-year-old, Amelia Ali, followed in her mum’s footsteps this June as she took on her first ever 2 mile fun run to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice.

Amelia Ali, who lives in Huddersfield with her family, took on the NorthowRun Races junior run back in June and raised an amazing £50 for patient care at Kirkwood.

Amelia decided she wanted to run the junior course ahead of her mum tackling the 10k NorthowRun Race that day.

Amelia’s mum, Serena, is currently training for her first ever half marathon, as she takes on the Great North Run this September for Kirkwood.

Serena said: “Amelia decided she wanted to take part in the NorthowRun because I was doing it. I’m proud of her, she wanted to raise money for charity and because she knew I was running the Great North Run for Kirkwood and she wanted to do the same.

Having never run before, Amelia took to the start line at 9.30am on Sunday 2nd June and completed the 3.2k run with her family cheering her on.

Amelia standing proud with her medal


NorthowRun Races takes place in the picturesque village of Northowram in Calderdale, departing at the Northowram Pumas Running Club and following the winding roads through the small village.

The junior and adult racing event is now in its fifth year, attracting both beginner and keen runners from all over West Yorkshire.

Despite being pleased to have completed the run and raising an amazing amount of money, Amelia hasn’t developed a love for the sport and is keen to stick to her favourite hobbies, gymnastics and dancing, in future.

Serena is set to take on the famous Great North Run half marathon with her friend this September, after setting herself a goal last year to complete the 13.1 mile run in 2019.

Serena said: “I’ve raised money for Kirkwood in the past by doing a quiz night. When I saw there was a place for the Great North Run I had to go for it. I work as a nurse so I know how amazing this place is.”

Amelia and Nicola in the Hospice garden


Amelia and Serena paid a visit to Kirkwood on Friday 19th July to hand the money raised to the Fundraising Department.

Media and Marketing Officer, Nicola, said: “It was so lovely to hear about Amelia being inspired by her Mum to take on a running challenge in aid of Kirkwood. Amelia’s donation means so much.

“Here at Kirkwood, we want families to spend special moments with their loved ones, enjoy quality time together whether they are at home or in the Hospice. It’s because of people in the community that we can continue doing that for each and every person that comes in to contact with Kirkwood.”

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