Brave Emma’s fundraising walk for disabled friends

Big walk planned: Twins Emma and Melissa Cross with their mum, Coralie, and grandparents, Carol and Alan Wilson. Photo: SG260211-55MD

Big walk planned: Twins Emma and Melissa Cross with their mum, Coralie, and grandparents, Carol and Alan Wilson. Photo: SG260211-55MD

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CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Emma Cross is taking on an 8k walk to raise cash so she and her disabled pals can enjoy swimming sessions.

Gosberton girl Emma (14) cannot walk unaided – but she’s living up to the name of the club she loves, The Can-Do Sports Club, for disabled youngsters who live life to the full and refuse to be side-lined.

Emma and her identical twin, Melissa, are taking part in Radar Challenge 2 on Sunday, March 20.

Emma goes to Gleed Girls’ Technology College in Spalding and normally gets around in a wheelchair – but she can stand to push it along herself and sometimes uses a ‘walker’.

Her proud mum Coralie said Emma hopes to complete the Radar Challenge walk with a mixture of riding and pushing.

She said Emma is quite impaired physically – and has a scribe to write for her at school – but she makes up for that with her outgoing personality.

Mrs Cross said: “She is not backward in coming forward with her views.”

Coralie, who helps with The Can-Do Sports Club, and her parents, Carol and Alan Wilson, are also taking part in the sponsored walk.

The club meets on Saturday afternoons and opens to disabled children and their families for activities like throwing the javelin, fitness and a popular parachute game.

The youngsters like to swim at The Princess Royal Arena in Boston because it’s the warmest pool for miles and the sponsorship money collected from the walk will go to the swimming fund.

Melissa attends the Thomas Cowley High School in Donington, but Emma chose Gleed because the Donington school doesn’t have a lift.

Emma is one of only 20 children in the country helping the Alliance For Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) with a study into opportunities for disabled children.

nLast year more than £20,000 was raised for good causes by people taking part in the first ever Radar Challenge on the route of the new A1073.

Now the road has opened this year’s event will take place on the old A1073, starting and finishing at Cloot Drove.

People can take part in a 3k fun run, a 10k road race, a 12k cycle ride or an easy or challenging 8k walk.

Steve Colby, who chairs the organising committee, is urging people to register now and raise money for their own good causes.

Entries should be in by Monday, March 14. Registration and sponsorship forms are available from www.radarchallenge.org

Half the money raised goes to the organisers’ charities and half to good causes chosen by participants.

Backers include The Rotary Club of South Holland, Spalding Lions, Spalding Cycling Club, St Guthlac School in Crowland, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian and the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

The 10k road race is organised by Nene Valley Harriers.