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George goes the extra mile

A five-year-old Nailsea boy who has been running a mile a day for a month to raise money for the Wallace and Grommet Appeal will be sprinting down the High Street on Saturday morning, May 29, with a police escort.

George Crossman will start at the Pound Lane police station at 10am and run through the town centre with a marked police car following him.

George got the inspiration for his sponsored charity runs because ‘he wanted to help poorly children’, said dad Tom.

Neighbourhood police sergeant Mark Raby said the whole PCSO team is behind George’s effort and hopes people will give him a clap and wave as he runs past.

So far George has raised more than £1,000 by running every day in May although Tom did give him a piggyback half-way through his marathon feat when his little legs needed a rest.

Tom said: “On Day 11 George was completely knackered with the running and school, he has been a little legend during the past 10 days not complaining once but this day might have been too much.

“Instead of a day off we got him around the mile by running with him on my back so he was fit to go again on Day 12.”

Along with dad, mum Gem Westlake, Mitzi the family Jack Russell, and even classmates from Fairfield School at Backwell have joined in parts of the runs.

His last mile is midday on bank holiday Monday, May 31, at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club which is hosting a victory barbecue for players and supporters of George.

Tom said: “So many people have been asking to run with him or want to watch him to support him so please feel free to join us on this one.

“The more the merrier but please follow Covid-19 rules.”

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal is the only charity fundraising exclusively for Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit).

To donate go to Gs challenge page here:

  • George finished his 31 day run on bank holiday Monday, May 31, at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club see top picture line-up. Supporters enjoyed a barbecue on a lovely, sunny day and the total at this time is more than £1,500 raised for the hospital - very well done xx

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