Cirencester siblings raise thousands for NHS through fancy dress runs

cirencester siblings raise thousands for nhs through fancy dress runs - Cirencester siblings raise thousands for NHS through fancy dress runs
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Two Cirencester siblings are raising money for the NHS by running in fancy dress.

Thomas and Iris Robertson are attempting to raise thousands of pounds during the coronavirus lockdown – by running 30 miles in 30 days.

They came up with the idea after deciding they wanted to raise “some pennies” for the nation’s brave doctors and nurses.

Parents Paul and Leoni then set up a fundraising page, expecting just family and friends to donate.

But it has since exploded and smashed it’s target of £100 – currently sitting at more than £2,300 which will support the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Appeal.

Six-year-old Thomas and four-year-old Iris head out around Cirencester while dressed as characters such as Wonder Woman and Harry Potter.

Leoni, 31, said: “Since the children have been home from school and pre-school they have been doing a mile with their dad anyway.

“Thomas decided last week he wanted to do his running to raise some money. Then Iris chirped in with: ‘Why don’t we help the doctors and nurses?’

“They understand that something is going on and that [health workers] are busy.

“We set up the JustGiving page and set the target at £100, thinking friends and family might donate.

“It’s now completely taken off!

“It’s been overwhelming – something we thought was going to be small. Everybody has been really supportive.”

Thomas and Iris run near their home with dad Paul, 34, for a mile each day.

They began on April 2 and aim to finish on May 3. The money will be donated to hospitals in their local area.

Leoni said: “They have been running in fancy dress. They have been out as Harry Potter, Wonder Woman and Star Wars characters.

“Iris has got a lot of dressing up costumes. Our local Tesco provided them with one and some family have sent money for Easter, which they can use.

“They go around the few roads near our house.

“It’s just incredible really – we can’t believe it. Thomas realises it’s a massive amount of money.

“They just want to talk to everybody – they love it. People have been waving.”

You can find the JustGiving page here: justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-iris-30in30.

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