A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl from Stalybridge has challenged herself to run 100K to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Eve Warburton was keen to do something to help fund research into the disease which claimed the life of her 83-year-old grandfather Tommy Fitzgerald days after she began her running challenge.
And Eve, from Mottram Rise, has smashed her £150 target having already received pledges which, together with Gift Aid, total more than £1,000.
Eve, who plays football for Manchester United girls, said on her JustGiving page before Tommy died: “My granddad has Alzheimers and I miss sharing all my football achievements with him because I know he would be very proud of me.
“It’s also very difficult for my grandma to look after him and I feel that I need to do something to help them and other people in this situation.
“I love keeping very fit and being active and I also love a challenge. To help other people who are also in this situation, I am going to run 100K over a number of weeks to help raise money for this great charity.
“If you are able to help me, please donate to this great cause. It would be much appreciated.”
Initially Eve set no deadline but, after Tommy’s death, she is determined to finish it before his funeral on February 15.
This means Eve and her dad Carl running 5K for each of three days and then having one rest day before resuming again.
Carl joked: “Eve is doing really well, but I am suffering with my knees.
“She trains two night a week with Manchester United and once a week with Stalybridge Celtic Juniors for whom she also plays for their boys’ team, so she didn’t need any preparation.”
Carl added Tommy, who lived in Ashton after being raised in Dukinfield, had suffered from Alzheimers for six years.
“It is a terrible disease because physically he was fitter than me. Until 12 months ago he was still playing football in the garden with the children,” he said.
Eve, a pupil at Stalyhill Juniors, appeared in The Correspondent with her own personal tribute Captain Tom Moore, now Sir Tom, who raised more than £33million for the National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his garden to mark his 100th birthday.
She pledged to do 100 football kick ups, one for each year of his life.
At the start of last year, Eve could barely manage between 10 and 15 kick ups. She set a mission to reach 50 and, after hearing of Captain Tom, increased that to 100 which she achieved after many hours of practice.
Eve, who plays left wing or midfield for Stalybridge Celtic Under-9 Blues, continues to practise kick ups and can now do more than 300.
She was a member of United’s development squad and did so well she was handed a contract for the 2020-21 season.
If you would like to sponsor Eve, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/evewarburton