LITTLE Mollie Bennett is getting set to fulfil a sporting ambition by taking part in a popular fun run for charity.
The kind-hearted six-year-old will take part in the mile-long Mini Great North Run on Saturday to help the Cruse Crew in its quest to raise £30,000 within the next 12 months.
The group is made up of South Tynesiders on a fundraising mission in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.
The cash will enable the charity to bring its children’s bereavement support service to the borough. Currently, families have to travel to the charity’s base in Newcastle to access the service.
Mollie had been wanting to take part in the event, held on Newcastle’s quayside, since she saw world champion Mo Farah taking part in last year’s Great North Run, and after hearing about the group, she decided she wanted her sponsorship cash to boost its coffers.
Mollie, of The Glade, Fellgate, Jarrow, will be running in memory of an uncle she never met, Ian McCord. He died of cancer at the age of 34 in 1997, leaving two young children.
Mollie’s mum Elaine said: “Mollie has always wanted to take part in the Great North Run ever since we saw Mo Farah last year.
“We were looking for a charity for Mollie to run for when Lynsey Carmichael, a family friend, told us about Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside and about the fundraising that was going on to bring the charity’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside.
“Lynsey is doing a sky-dive for the charity in memory of her friend Joanne, and we just thought it was a great cause.
“My brother Ian died when he was young, leaving young children behind, so we know how much a parent’s death can impact on children.”
The Cruse Crew was launched last month by Davy Carr and Emma Robertson after they struggled to find bereavement support for their young children following the death of their respective partners.
They were joined by Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkson, whose son Jack Leggett died two months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour; Jean Costello, whose son Stephen Heslop took his own life; and Laura Nisbet, whose former partner Karl Carson died after a cliff tragedy.
Mollie said: “I want to raise money to help children who have lost their mams or dads.
“I’m really looking forward to it and raising lots of money.”
The families are being supported by fellow Cruse Crew members Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, friends Mandy and Paul Kirton, Rachel Little, Alana Vickers and Shields Gazette staff Joyce Auty and Lisa Nightingale.
The fundraising campaign by the Cruse Crew is also being backed by the Gazette, Hedworth Hall and the Otto restaurant in South Shields, borough-based CE Sports and the town’s Santander bank and Asda’s South Shields and Boldon stores.
To sponsor Mollie, go online and visit www.justgiving.com/ mollieandelaine-bennett1