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Coronavirus: 10 year-old girl passing through North Yorkshire on epic virtual run across the country

Coronavirus: 10 year-old girl passing through North Yorkshire on epic virtual run across the country

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:45am 7th May 2020.

A 10 year-old girl from Cornwall is passing through the Stray FM area on a virtual run from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

  • 10 year-old Mia Richardson is running the distance from  Land’s End to John O’Groats on a cross-trainer.  
  • She started on 2nd April and is now virtually passing through the Stray FM area.    
  • Mia is raising money to buy a piece of equipment for a care home in Cornwall.  

10-year-old Mia Richardson embarked on a marathon effort to raise money for the care home her mum, Bernie, works in on 2nd April.

Her goal was to run the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – 1347 kilometres – on the family cross-trainer.

Since then, Mia has so far completed nearly half the distance and raised more than £5,500 for the NHS.  

Celebrities including actress Thandie Newton, physicist Professor Brian Cox and Olympians Ben Ainslie, Jo Pavey and Hannah Cockcroft have all messaged their support - and contributed to her goal of buying an interactive Magic Table for residents at Cornwall Care’s Blackwood home in Camborne.

Mia Richardson
Credit: Facebook Mia’s Magic Journey

Mia's father, Dan, said: 

“It’s been exhausting but I’m so proud of what Mia is doing. There seems to be at least one broadcast interview each day – and sometimes as many as three. We’re tracking Mia’s progress on a map and finding out about the places she’s virtually visiting on the internet. It’s a good way of learning geography!”

Mia runs for about an hour each day and, although her legs get tired, is very excited about her ongoing fundraising success.

 Mia said: 

“I do a happy dance for every new donation. I run 20 kilometres a day which is hard, but I love seeing the total getting bigger and getting messages from famous people is cool. Mum is doing lots of hours in her job and this makes me feel like I’m helping her and the people she’s looking after.”

Bernie, Mia's mum, has worked for Cornwall Care for the last six years.

The charity runs sixteen homes in the county and employs more than 1,400 staff.

Cornwall Care CEO Anne Thomas said: 

“I’m thrilled with what Mia is doing and the money she is raising.

“Magic Tables are an amazing and transformative way of engaging residents, providing them with many wonderful hours of entertainment. Having one at Blackwood will be wonderful and I can’t thank Mia enough for her stamina and dedication to such a worthwhile cause.”

You can donate here and find out more on Mia's Facebook page