Megan Davidson (14), who lives in Inkersall, has already beaten her £1,000 fundraising target and is about to reach her first 800 miles. She decided to get out and run at the start of 2017 after her hair started falling out.
As a founder member of Bluebell Wood’s Fun-draising Club for children under 16, she has just been awarded its highest honour, the platinum badge, for her achievement.
Megan can be seen running outdoors most days of the week with her marathon-running dad Dave Davidson. She’s determined to keep on running in support of children and young adults in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Megan said: “My hair started falling out a couple of years ago. I think it was alopecia caused by a lack of iron in my blood. My iron intake is normal now although my hair is still annoying. My dad persuaded me to start running to give me something positive to focus on. I enjoy it because it has given me confidence, helps me stay fit, have fun and spend quality time with my dad.
“I try to run 20 miles a week and do up to eight miles some days. I recently took part in my first adult run. There were no other 14 year olds in it and I was so pleased with myself when I crossed the finish line. I also completed the Sheffield TenTenTen in 56 minutes and came 280th out of 995, which was the first place in my category and 59th place out of all the women.
“I want to raise money for Bluebell Wood because it is the children’s hospice that cares for young people and their families from Chesterfield. We live near woods with bluebells in them as well, so the whole thing just feels right.”
Lucy Rathbone, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re all incredibly proud of Megan here at Bluebell Wood. She is a truly inspirational example to other young people, for her commitment to fundraising, to keeping fit and overcoming adversity. We congratulate her on raising a fantastic £1,000 and for showing us all how it’s done through her incredible running challenge.”