Fitness group take on 10,000 mile challenge for Bootle girl Holly

Bootle girl Holly Kitchen who suffers from a rare illness has inspired a fitness group to take on a gruelling 10,000 mile running challenge.

Ten members of British Military Fitness will take part in the run, which is roughly the distance between London and Adelaide in Australia, across a period of 12 weeks.

It means that over the course of three months, the ten of them must each complete 1,000 miles in order to hit the 10,000 target.

The hope is to raise £10,000 for five-year-old Holly, who has Trisomy 9 Mosaicism (T9M), a serious chromosomal disorder that only affects ten people in the UK and 93 worldwide.

Unfortunately there is no cure for the illness, which can lead to a whole host of unpredictable and serious medical problems.

The money will be used to buy Holly a new wheelchair and also adjust the garden to make it safer for the youngster to enjoy.

Kevin Thompson, an instructor at the Liverpool-based British Military Fitness, is behind the fundraising campaign having spoken to Holly’s dad, Barry.

Barry, who is a member of the British Military Fitness, told the Champion: “Kevin wants to raise as much funds as possible for Holly so we can get a new wheel chair and low level our existing back garden so it’s safe for her to use.

“He has put to ten of his British Military Fitness clients to run over a period of 12 weeks 10,000 miles between them, an equivalent of 1,000 miles each.

“Other members, including me, will also participate as much as we can to eventually dwindle down the 10,000 miles target.

“What a challenge but hopefully we can raise as much money as possible.”

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