Thia and Helen raise £300 for children’s charity

Helen and Thia Grice
Helen and Thia Grice

A six-year-old girl and her mum have completed a mini triathlon to raise money for children who need support as well as celebrating family.

Thia Grice and mum Helen, from Garstang, have raised more than £300 for charity Action for Children after a gruelling run, swim and cycle.

And Helen says it was all about doing something a bit different as well as celebrating her mum’s life.

She said: “It has been 10 years since my mum and Thia’s grandma died and we wanted to do something that would celebrate her life. This challenge was in memory of her, saying thank you for all the things she did for us. Some people are not as lucky as we are and that’s why we chose Action for Children as our charity to donate to.”

Thia and Helen took part in 5k run before swimming 1k and then completing the 21 miles around Preston’s Guild Wheel.

The event was done over several months, which each day involving all three disciplines.

And Helen says she is so proud of her daughter and her dedication to the task.

“Thia was really good with the swimming and running but when she started to struggle with the cycling I thought we were going to have to cut it short. I asked her if she wanted to find a shorter route but she just looked at me and said ‘We’ve come this far so I want to make sure I finish it’. I was very proud of her for being like that and she showed a lot of determination to keep going and finish the 21 miles.”

The challenge was completed last week but donations are still flooding into the pair’s Just Giving account.

“We’d like to raise as much as possible and at the moment we’ve got £318,” Helen said.

“The money will go to people who haven’t had what we have. My parents have helped shape mine and Thia’s life and we want to be able to help give that to other people.”

Action for Children is a service that helps with children looking to be fostered or adopted as well as supporting children in care and disabled teenagers.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are delighted Helen and Thia chose us for their fundraiser and the money they raise will go to helping thousands of children across the country.”

To give to Helen and Thia appeal go to www.justgiving.com/HelenThia/