Little Hazel Stockill was the dashing star turn at a fundraising event in Cannock.
Hazel, who is aged three and has a rare chromosome disorder, took part in the sixth Newlife Santa Dash in Cannock town centre earlier this month (December 12).
Yet again, Bank Bar and Lounge owner Alastair Payne was first over the finishing line – but it was little Hazel, from Cannock, with her walking frame who wowed the crowds.
Hazel’s mum Clair Stockill said: “We knew about Newlife because several of our friends’ children have received specialist equipment from the charity. We have just applied for a loan of a Play Therapy Pod of specialist toys to help with Hazel’s development.”
The family raised £430 for Newlife; the event total was in excess of £1,000 – all of which will be used to provide disability equipment for children in Staffordshire.
Clair said: “Hazel really loved taking part in the Newlife Santa Dash – she was laughing all the time and she didn’t want to take her Santa hat off all day.”
Newlife Community Fundraising Manager Nora Smith said: “The Newlife Santa Dash is a great opportunity for friends and family to get together for a bit of festive fun – and raise money to help local disabled children. Little Hazel was a real star – and we are grateful to her and her family for their amazing support.”
For more information about how Newlife supports children with disabilities and terminal illness in the county, go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/staffordshire. Newlife is currently working with the families of 23 children in the county, with combined equipment needs totalling £12,443.
Pictured (L to R): Jon (dad) Shez (nanny) Hazel, Lauren (cousin) and Clair (mum).