Paralympians inspire Keira to take the leap for National Star

Paralympians have inspired 10-year-old Keira Hynes to take the leap in aid of National Star.

Keira will raise money for the charity by taking part in a sponsored abseil from the Ecotricity building in Stroud on 24 September.

The Nailsworth Primary pupil, who turns 11 on Friday (9 Sept) has already broken her original fundraising target of £150.

‘I’m doing it for National Star because I want to help disabled people achieve their dreams,’ she said.

And is she nervous about the 40ft drop over the Ecotricity building?

‘No. I always climb trees and go really high up. I’ve got a cousin who is older than me but I climb higher,’ she said.

Keira will be watching the Paralympics with her mum Zoë. She knows all about the games thanks to family friend Paralympian James Brown.

Double gold-medal winning cyclist James Brown, who is partially sighted, is also a supporter of National Star.

Keira also plays rugby, following in her aunt’s footsteps. Amber Penrith represented England at the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The youngster is raising money for National Star because a friend’s son is due to start at the college next week.

‘There are some disabled people who don’t get to do what they want,’ said Keira. ‘I am raising money to support them so that they can become who they want to be.’

Gill Henry, Head of Fundraising at National Star, praised Keira’s determination.

‘It takes courage to tackle an abseil and Keira has it in spades. We hope she will inspire others to join us and raise money for young people with disabilities.’

The event on Saturday 24 September 2016 is open to all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users. Under 18s must have parental or guardian permission.

Money raised will help National Star, based in Ullenwood, support young people who have complex disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Entry costs £15 and participants must raise at least £50 in sponsorship. To register email or call 01242 524478.

To sponsor Keira please visit her fundraising page by clicking here.

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