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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Toddler signs up for colourful charity fun run

A toddler is the latest youngster to sign up to a new colourful fundraising event.

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Prya Earl with dad Richard Earl and mum Megan Bell

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in next month’s ‘colour run’ in the grounds of Muncaster Castle with Egremont toddler Prya Earl, staking a claim to be one of the youngest competitors.

The one-year-old has already been out and about in the town raising money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and has so far raised more than one hundred pounds for the charity.

Prya isn’t the only one in the family that is excited for the big day. Her mum Megan has her running shoes at the ready and dad, Richard Earl, sales manager at Border Cars, is getting geared up to try and match his daughter’s total. In addition, Border Cars have agreed to sponsor the event.

Richard said: “We are all looking forward to what is going to be a really good day. There are not a lot of big charity events in Cumbria where the whole family can get involved and we’re all getting quite competitive.

“Prya’s been turning on the charm and has managed to clock up more than £100 sponsorship so far with two weeks to go. I’ve got my work cut out keeping up with my one-year-old. “When asked what she wants ‘pennies’ for she proudly responds with her already prepared statement of ‘I run’. Strangely, I don’t get the same response when I say it.”

The hospice’s colour run and family fun day will take place on next Sunday at Muncaster Castle. Families can take part in a five kilometre or one kilometre course which is open to all ages, genders and abilities.

The craze, which sees participants run, walk or even dance the distance of the course while being drenched in colour, is sweeping the nation with sold out events in London, Manchester, Sunderland and Brighton.

Christina Cremins, marketing and fundraising assistant for Hospice at Home West Cumbria said: “It’s great to see young Prya doing so well with her fundraising. We’re so proud to have such a fantastic little supporter. As with all our events the sponsorship we receive makes up the majority of our funds.

“We are so thankful that our supporters are putting a huge amount of effort into collecting their pounds and pennies for our cause.”

If you would like to help Prya beat her parents in her fundraising fun donate at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PryaEarl.

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