Fund-raising triathlon a success

Some of those to take part in the triathlon

Some of those to take part in the triathlon

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A charity triathlon in memory of a little girl who died of a rare form of cancer is helping to raise thousands of pounds.

The Amazing Grace 5 Day was staged at Druridge Bay Country Park last month, featuring a one-mile swim in Ladyburn Lake, a 30-mile bike ride and a 5k walk.

The event was held in honour of Grace Eames, who was only five years old when she died of PPB (Pleuropulmonary Blastoma).

The fund-raiser has been held over the last six years and has helped to collect more than £11,000 for the children’s cancer unit at Newcastle’s RVI hospital and Sunderland-based Grace House North East children’s hospice. This year’s event has helped to collect more than £1,200.

Margy Hopes, who is involved with the event, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge and sincere thank you to all family and friends who supported and sponsored the Amazing Grace 5 Day.

“The event is always a very emotional day, especially for Grace’s mum and dad, Christine and Simon.”