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.
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.
"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.
"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.”
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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.”