Hucknall girl Roxy-Lea is a little fundraising superstar

A young girl from Hucknall has taken on an epic walking challenge to raise money to support a new research into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases at Nottingham Trent University.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:46 am

Roxy-Lea Munn, who goes to Burntstump Seely C of E Primary Academy in Arnold, is aiming to walk 166 miles – a mile for each day she was off school between March and September during the first lockdown last year.

Shirley Gray, her grandma, said: I’m so proud of her.

“She chose to support this project researching illnesses like Alzheimer’s because my father, so her great-grandfather, had Alzheimer’s and my mum had dementia and I also have an uncle who also suffers from Alzheimer’s and we have a family friend with Parkinsons, so its quite a family thing for her.

Roxy-Lea Munn is walking 166 miles this year

"All charities need money but because this is about research and looking to the future, we want to see if we can help find a cure for these things."

Roxy-Lea is doing the walks with her parents Kirsty and Rob, using an online app that helps plot routes for them around the countryside near where they live.

Roxy-Lea started out on her walks at the start of this year and has so far done more than 30 miles.

The challenge is running throughout 2021.

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"Shirley continued: “The last one they did was 7.3 miles which is a long way for a little six year-old.”

“She’s got her stick for walking and her walking boots and as well as walking, she’s recently started taking a litter picker out with her and doing litter picks as well.

"She’s a real little community hero.”

To support Roxy-Lea, click here.

The research is being carried out by a team at Nottingham Trent University.

On its JustGiving page it said: “There is no cure for Alzheimers, Dementia or Parkinsons.

"We have the unique opportunity to bring together a multi-disciplinary team of experts to explore new and innovative methods to bring about change in the prognosis of these destructive diseases.

“W e believe that the time has come for a completely new approach to increase our knowledge and awareness of how these diseases occur and how we can treat them.”