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Five-year-old and her mum set to step out for charity

Pandra Bell is taking on St Cuthbert's Way this summer.
Pandra Bell is taking on St Cuthbert's Way this summer.

After climbing to the summit of Cairngorm last summer, little Pandra Bell is confident of taking St Cuthbert’s Way in her stride.

The five-year-old is taking on the 100km (62.5 mile) challenge this summer to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Lowick and Holy Island First School.

Pandra and her mum Candice will set out from the Border town of Melrose on July 18, and plan to finish on Holy Island a week later.

Candice said: “I think Pandra will be absolutely fine. She got to the summit of Britain’s sixth highest mountain last summer so I’m confident she’ll manage this.

“We plan to walk this over seven days, averaging nine miles a day.

“The last day of walking from Fenwick to Holy Island will be completed when the tide allows as we have to cross the causeway.”

They have set themselves a £500 fund-raising target – with the monies to be split equally between the two charities.

“My late father-in-law, Gordon Bell, died of a rare form of leukaemia in 2000 and I know a couple of other people going through similar things,” said Candice.

“We thought, especially with it being Pandra’s grandad, that it would be nice to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”

Candice is also keen to raise money for school funds as a way of thanking it for the help it has given her family.

“The school has done so much for Pandra since she started there,” explained Candice. “She’s a very clever girl and the school have been great in setting her targets for a more advanced level.

“I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“I’m also treasurer of the PTA so I know how much the school relies on fund-raising for things like school trips so hopefully this will help.”

The charities benefitting are Friends of Lowick and Holy Island First Schools and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research head office. You can make donations online.