Hannah set to follow in George’s footsteps

George and Hannah Rands
George and Hannah Rands
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MEET my brother George - he’s my hero.

Six-year-old George Rands proved a big inspiration to little sister Hannah after he raised more than £350 for the Weston Park Hospital cancer charity.

George raised the cash after being sponsored by family and friends to take part in the 1.5km mini-run as part of the Great Yorkshire Run.

Now Hannah, four, plans to follow in his footsteps.

George, from Sothall, who ran with his dad Ian, said: “The run was great. I kept asking my daddy, ‘Have we nearly finished yet?’ as we ran round.

“I was really excited about raising so much money and getting my medal.

“I want to do a run again next year and my sister Hannah wants to do it too.”

Weston Park Hospital is one of only three cancer hospitals in the UK.

It was the official regional charity of the Great Yorkshire Run which saw over 6,500 people take part across three events.

George’s proud dad Ian, 36, said: “Hannah really looks up to her big brother and when she saw him complete the race and collect his sponsorship, she wanted to get involved too.

“Hannah is already excited about taking part next year.

“George decided to enter to raise money after seeing his mum, Lynda, take part in charity runs in the past and said he wanted to help people by doing something similar.

“We explained to him Weston Park helps lots of people who have been affected by cancer and he decided it was a great cause to donate to.”

Paul Knight, from the charity, said: “George did a fantastic job and we are very grateful to him for raising so much money.

“It is wonderful to know we have the support from fundraisers as young as George.

He added: “We wish him and Hannah the best of luck if they decide to tackle the run together next year!”