Isla’s bid to walk 500 miles in memory of her grandad

Four-year-old Isla Grundy from Pudsey is walking 500 miles in memory of her granddad David Grundy, who died earlier this year from motor neurone disease.'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Four-year-old Isla Grundy from Pudsey is walking 500 miles in memory of her granddad David Grundy, who died earlier this year from motor neurone disease.'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Brave four-year-old Isla Grundy has won celebrity support for her bid to walk 500 miles in memory of her grandfather.

Isla, from Pudsey, is aiming to cover the mammoth distance by next June. She has already raised over £1,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and won the support of Scottish duo the Proclaimers, whose song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) inspired her fundraising efforts.

Now she and her family are preparing for their next event, a walk at Roundhay Park in Leeds on Monday with her cousins and friends.

Her mother Kirsty said: “The sponsorship will all go into Isla’s pot and this is a little bit more fun so she doesn’t have to do all the miles on her own.”

Her grandfather David was diagnosed in June 2013 with Motor Neurone Disease, a fatal neurological disorder which eventually leaves sufferers unable to walk, talk or move.

Mr Grundy lost his fight in June this year and his family came up with the charity challenge as they wanted to continue to support the charity in his name.

Previously one of his other sons John covered 10,000km in a year, while other fundraising included runs by Isla and her parents.

Kirsty, 34, said the family felt they needed to do something: “You feel a bit helpless, there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

“This was my husband’s idea and it’s trying to make something positive out of what has happened.”

To follow her progress, visit https://isla500miles.wordpress.com/.