Little Ella raises hundreds for Lancaster St John’s Hospice

Ella Jackon during the Kendal Colour Dash for St John's Hospice.

Ella Jackon during the Kendal Colour Dash for St John's Hospice.

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A mum has spoken of her pride after her five-year-old daughter raised hundreds for a charity close to their hearts.

Andrea Jackson and daughter Ella took part in the Kendal Colour Dash for Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice and raised £700 in the process.

Ella ran in memory of her great-grandad, Harold Painter, who died in the Slyne Road hospice just eight days after she was born in 2010.

Harold got to hold his great-granddaughter in his final moments.

Andrea, a paramedic for North West Ambulance 
Service, said: “We took her to St John’s Hospice straight from the hospital, he patted her in the car seat.

“He was only given a couple of weeks to live. That was in October and he held on until February and we always said he held on until Ella was born.

“The hospice do extraordinary things for ordinary people, they are just angels.

“Ella had a really good time during the dash.

“She ran the entire walk which is quite an achievement for a five-year-old, we are all very proud of her.”