Teenager to cycle 52 miles in memory of loving grandad

JPCT 23-07-12 S12291266X Horsham. 13-year-old Dannii Hilder doing the equivalent of 2 marathon cycle rides for Parkinsons UK  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 23-07-12 S12291266X Horsham. 13-year-old Dannii Hilder doing the equivalent of 2 marathon cycle rides for Parkinsons UK -photo by Steve Cobb
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A 13-year-old from Horsham has set herself the challenge to cycle and run the the distance of two marathons - while donning a blue tutu.

On August 19 Dannii Hilder, of Comptons Lane, will cycle 50 times around Bennetts Field recreation ground, then run up and down the hill there ten times and then cycle to Horsham Park where she will finish her challenge in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

The Millais School pupil said: “I’m doing it for my grandad who lost his fight against Parkinsons six years ago. We were really close.

“I want to give something back to the charity. I wanted to do something sporty and thought this would make it fun while helping other people.”

Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but one in 20 people is under the age of 40. Dannii’s grandad was one of about 127,000 people in the UK to have the progressive neurological condition.

There is currently no cure and scientists do not know why people get the condition. Parkinson’s does not directly cause people to die, but symptoms get worse over time.

Having already reached her first target of £100, Dannii is now trying to get to £150. She will be riding her new bicycle donated by Horsham firm PMA Motor Factors.

She said: “I am giving it to the surgical section as my grandad was about to go in for surgery before he died. My nan is going to double the amount I raise.”

To support Dannii go to www.justgiving.com/dannii-hilder