It’s fitting that young Emma Macklin should be setting herself a 30-mile sponsored walk target to raise money for Mary Stevens Hospice – it is its 30th anniversary this year.

But ten-year-old Emma decided she wanted to go a step further – or rather thousands and thousands of steps further.

Because the Wollaston youngster has decided to do 30 miles every month – an all seasons challenge along the paths, bridleways and canalsides of the area.

The hospice is special to Emma because her ‘nanna’ Brenda Cadwallader was a volunteer there for 15 years, and went there for her end of life car when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“The hospice is very close to our hearts,” said Emma’s mum Lisa Cadwallader.

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Four years ago Emma raised £2,500 with a sponsored climb of Cader Idris in Wales. Now she is already on £1,600 having completed her January target and being half way through February’s.

Mostly she clocks up the miles on a Sunday, needing to average just under 7 miles a week. Her longest walk so far was 10 miles.

She is normally accompanied by mum, the dog, and sometimes dad Mark Macklin.

Emma has the backing of 12 local businesses who have each pledged £100 for one month. The first two were Stourbridge Wado Ryu Karate Club and Black Country Radio.

To support Emma go to her fundraiser page

and check out her progress on her Facebook page