Olivia runs to raise money for St Richard’s hospital

Olivia Pine on her 40km run to raise money for Chichester Hospital's Howard Ward
Olivia Pine on her 40km run to raise money for Chichester Hospital's Howard Ward

An energetic school-girl with a cause close to her heart has completed her own epic charity challenge.

Olivia Pine, 12, ran an incredible 40km to raise money for the children’s ward at St Richard’s Hospital, where she was frequently admitted for breathing difficulties as a child.

The Bishop Luffa student started the round trip from her home in West Wittering, and was welcomed at her half-way point by St Richard’s staff with balloons and refreshments.

Helen Pine, Olivia’s mother, said: “It was amazing, we were so lucky.

“On the Wednesday night we did 18k, mainly in the pitch black and very muddy which was quite an adventure, got a bit lost and nearly fell in the canal a few times!

“On the Thursday we picked up where we left off, getting to the hospital around 11am. Olivia stopped for a brief chat; Justine, the ward sister asked if she had any particular preference where the money went and suggested remote controls and DVD players as well as the cuddly toys Olivia loved.

“We know from experience what it’s like to be stuck in bed with no way of turning the TV over. So far Olivia has raised around £1200 and she’s absolutely chuffed.”

Olivia was greeted at the finishing line with flowers and chocolate.

Olivia’s family would like to thank TrailBlaser who donated a proto-type LED-lit camel-back to help to follow her progress in the dark.