Schoolgirl Alarna Webb is following in her father’s footsteps – quite literally.
Alarna, aged 10, of Hayfield Mews, has watched dad Tim organise charity walks along the Cleveland Way in North Yorkshire for three years and decided she wanted to get involved.
But when he told her she was too young to take part in the events he arranged with work colleagues, Alarna set up her own fundraiser.
Tim, 38, who works in airfield operations at Robin Hood Airport, said: “I organise a charity walk every year and Alarna has always wanted to come.
“We have previously raised money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, DRI and a brain tumour charity. I explained our event is just adults because it’s a tough walk so she said she wanted to do it herself.”
Alarna decided to complete part of the 110 mile Cleveland Way – between Scarborough and Filey Brigg – and set about getting sponsorship and took the family dog on longer walks to train.
She chose Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as her charity after learning about the heard stories about the work they do.
Alarna and her dad set off from Scarborough at 7.30am completing the trek at Filey Brigg five-and-a-half hours later.
Tim said: “She did it no sweat. When we finished she went straight to the park and went on the swings and see-saw.
“I’m thrilled to bits how much she raised all by herself. It is the first time she’s done anything like this and she is already planning to do it again next year, she wants to make it an annual thing.
“She’s definitely got the bug and has even picked out which walking boots she wants!”
Alarna’s schoolfriends at Hayfield Lane Primary were so impressed they have decided to get involved.
Teacher Mrs Louise Tempest said: “It was an outstanding thing she did, it is a heck of walk for a young girl and she raised £250.
“As a result of this the school has decided to also raise money during anti bullying week when we are having a non-uniform day and pupils are coming dressed in blue for Bluebell Wood.”
Alarna’s mum Kirstin, 39, who was unable to complete the walk due to a slipped disc, and her brother Brad, 15, also supported her.
Cleveland Way takes in the scenic North Yorks coast
The Cleveland Way is a national trail in northern England. It runs 110 miles – 177km – from Helmsley to the Brigg at Filey, skirting the North York Moors National Park.
The trail was opened in 1969 and can be walked in either direction in a horseshoe configuration.
The Cleveland Way falls into two roughly equal sections.
The inland section leads from Helmsley around the west of the North York Moors National Park.
It then leaves the National Park near Guisborough to meet the coast at Saltburn before going north of Staithes, on to Whitby, then leaves the National Park for the final time at Cloughton Wyke to reach Scarborough and Filey.