Party reward for little-legs Leia
PUBLISHED: 14:27 01 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 11 August 2010
HITTING your fourth birthday and living life in the fast lane must be difficult, but not if your name is Leia Brown. The bubbly Dagenham lass hit the headlines recently by raising more than £1,000 walking almost three miles to raise money for charity. Th
HITTING your fourth birthday and living life in the fast lane must be difficult, but not if your name is Leia Brown.
The bubbly Dagenham lass hit the headlines recently by raising more than £1,000 walking almost three miles to raise money for charity.
Three miles does not seem that far, but must have felt more like a marathon for the young girl who can still walk under a table.
Leia walked the distance for her uncle, Alan Thomas who is presently serving in Afghanistan with The Rifles, raising the money for the services charity for injured personnel, Help for Heroes.
Alan managed to get leave to accompany the tot on her walk with mum Emma and they featured on the front page of the Post.
The story touched a lot of people but moved Lynne Lavan of Wood Lane based Kid's Kingdom, to offer Leia a free party at the complex when she heard it was Leia's birthday on July 31st.
Mum Emma said: "I couldn't believe anyone could be so kind.
"Raising the money was something the family wanted to do for my brother Alan, but even I was surprised when Leia insisted on doing the walk as well.
"She is normally very active but managed the walk easily."
So the adventure from her home in Arnold Road, Dagenham to her Nan, Val Thomas, who lives in Spencer Road, Rainham, has now totalled £1,500 after HSBC in Barking chipped in £500.
The party on Saturday was for nine of Leia's friends and family with an hour and a half in the maze of activities plus a birthday party to round off the day.
"She has not stopped talking about it since we told her," said Emma. "I don't think she stopped all day and was up and down the slides and activities all the times.
"I don't know where she gets her energy from."
A spokeswoman for Kids Kingdom said: "We could not believe it when we read the Post.
"To do something as touching as that for her uncle deserved recognition and we were happy to give Leia a party in her honour.
Kids Kingdom is housed in Wood Lane Sports Centre complex and open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. Tel 0208 984 8828 for bookings.
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