Caring five-year-old Kacie-Mae Mann will be going the extra mile for her friend when she tackles a 10k run this weekend.
Little Kacie-Mae is running around Pontefract Park to raise cash for the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary, where her schoolfriend John Brooks has been receiving treatment.
The Halfpenny Lane Junior and Infant School pupil is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the unit.
Her stepdad Matthew Ellison said: “There aren’t any words to say how proud of Kacie-Mae we are.
“It’s phenomenal for a five-year-old to even come up with the idea, let alone follow it through.” Kacie-Mae has so far raised almost £500 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which helps the unit where John has treatment for a rare heart condition.
Mr Ellison, 22, said: “She’s always been really active and said she wanted to do a run to raise some money.
“Her and John are really good friends. It’s all been her idea, all we’ve done is help her to organise it.”
The energetic youngster will run with Mr Ellison on Sunday morning.
He said: “The prospect of running 10k can be daunting for anyone let alone a five-year-old. I’ve got to do it with her and make sure she is okay. I think she’ll probably end up doing better than me.”
To sponsor Kacie-Mae visit www.justgiving.com/Kacie-Maes10K