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Lily, 11, to walk a mile in flippers to raise money for charity
12:22pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A SCHOOLGIRL is attempting to walk a mile in swimming flippers on Saturday to raise funds for the charity which supports her mum.
Lily Crabtree-Craft, from Thornton-le-Dale, is aiming to complete the challenge wearing the unusual footwear around the village.
Her mother, Sarah, said 11-year-old Lily had wanted to do something to support Arthritis Research UK.
The charity has supported Sarah since she was diagnosed with the condition three years ago.
Sarah said she had woken up one morning and was unable to move. “I went to see the doctor and it took quite a long time and a lot of tests before it was found that I had rheumatoid arthritis in every single joint in my body,” she said.
“I now rely on life-changing medication and I would not be able to do anything if I did not have this medication.”
Sarah said Arthritis Research UK relied on fundraising to continue its research as well as raising awareness.
“I will need medication for the rest of my life and there is always the chance that I will become immune to what I am taking at the moment which is why medical research is vitally important,” she said.
“When I was first diagnosed I tried seven or eight medications before I found those that work for me.”
Sarah said rheumatoid arthritis could strike at any time but was most common between the ages of 40-50.
“I was not aware of the condition or the statistics until it happened to me,” she said.
“Lily, who has seen how it has affected me, really wanted to do something to help.”
Lily will be walking from her home at the top of the village around the back streets to the centre.
A friend will be walking with her to collect donations which can also be left at the Chocolate Factory, The Square, Thornton-le-Dale.
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