Walking and cycling extra miles for Mollie

Mollie's mum Angela, brother Mason and dad Brendan set off

Mollie's mum Angela, brother Mason and dad Brendan set off

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Fund-raisers certainly went the extra mile when they took on a challenge in memory of a teenager.

About 70 friends and relatives walked or cycled in an event named Mollie’s Miles to remember 19-year-old Mollie Jones, who died in March after collapsing with a bleed to her brain.

Mollie Jones

Mollie Jones

They set off from Cardinal Newman College in Preston, passing St Michael’s High School in Chorley and Heskin Pemberton Primary School in Heskin, all of which Mollie attended.

And they could finally put their feet up when they arrived at Mollie’s family home on Tansley Avenue, Coppull. But the challenge was slightly longer than expected, as they covered 17 miles instead of the 15.5 miles that had been calculated. Among those taking part was Mollie’s mum Angela, who walked, and dad Brendan, who cycled. They were raising money for Derian House children’s hospice, a charity that Mollie had supported and has since been backed by her family through fund-raising events and donations at her funeral.

Angela said: “We think we have nearly £5,000 in the pot at Derian House so far with the events and the funeral donations and we are hoping to just touch £10,000 with this.

“It’s going to be two to three weeks before we have a total.

“We think we have nearly £5,000 in the pot at Derian House so far with the events and the funeral donations and we are hoping to just touch £10,000 with this.”

Angela Jones

“We have had a lot of donations. Everybody was stopping in their cars and was willing to put something in the tins. Everyone was sponsored to do the walk.”

More events are being organised for next year as fundraising continues in Mollie’s memory.