Girl, five, completes major charity walk

Five-year-old Pandra Bell and her mother Candice on St Cuthbert's Way during their epic charity challenge.
Five-year-old Pandra Bell and her mother Candice on St Cuthbert's Way during their epic charity challenge.

After climbing to the summit of Cairngorm last summer, five-year-old Pandra Bell has now taken St Cuthbert’s Way in her stride.

She completed the 100km (62.5 mile) challenge earlier in her summer holiday to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Lowick and Holy Island First School.

Her mum, Candice, said: “Pandra managed the entire walk with absolutely no problems or complaints.

“So far we have raised more than £1,000 which will be split equally between our two charities.

“We have had so much local support that I’d like to publicly thank everyone.”

Pandra and her mum set out from the Border town of Melrose on July 18, and finished on Holy Island a week later – averaging nine miles a day.

The last day of walking from Fenwick, across the causeway to Holy Island, had to be completed when the tide receded.

They have doubled their original £500 fund-raising target.

“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 earlier this year.

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

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

“As treasurer of the school PTA, I know how important fund-raising is to help the school organise things like school trips,” said Candice.

“The school has done so much for Pandra since she started there.”

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is a UK cancer charity dedicated to supporting people affected by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers.

To donate to the cause, visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/can dicebell/pandras-epic-walk-of-st-cuthberts-way.aspx