Rotherham dad’s wheelie tough challenge

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A loving dad has completed a gruelling charity fundraiser as part of his pledge to keep his daughter’s memory alive.

Harry Finlayson, from Maltby, embarked on an ‘Up Hill, Down Hill’ challenge that saw him wheel his way between Bluebell Wood Hospice in North Anston and the Don Jon pub in Maltby, using a wheelchair that belonged to his daughter Georgia.

Brave Georgia passed away at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in December 2011, after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2010 and being given only months to live.

Ever since her death dad Harry has been committed to raising money for the hospice charity. His latest effort was to mark what would have been Georgia’s 16th birthday.

Harry, aged 56, said: “It’s important to me to keep Georgia’s memory alive but also to thank the hospice for the care they gave her.

“The challenge was tough but I was supported by family and friends as well as the hospice’s dog George, who was named after Georgia and kept her company.

“I thought it would take me six hours but I managed to complete it in three hours 13 minutes, despite the heat.

“To celebrate what would have been Georgia’s 16th birthday we’re also having a fun day from 2pm on Saturday at The Travellers Rest, Brookhouse, near Laughton en le Morthen, which people are welcome to attend.

Funds raised will add to the £500 already raised from the wheelchair challenge.”

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