Poppy Adams, 11, runs 10km in memory of her grandad Bill

 Poppy Adams, aged 11, from Nunhead, recently ran a 10km run in memory of her grandad Bill, who died last year and had been an outpatient at St Christopher’s.

We caught up with Poppy as she looked back at her 10km achievement and began to contemplate her future plans…

“Doing fundraising events is my way of remembering my grandad. At the beginning I was only going to do 5km but I didn’t think that was challenging enough. I wanted to push myself to try really hard. I walked 3 – 4 miles a couple of times a week with my dog, so that was good practice.

“My friend Maggie did the run with me and it was in January so a freezing cold day! We did it in Nunhead Cemetery – it’s really historic there, and it has a big arch and a chapel. It was a really good day – my mum and nan were there to cheer me on and were crying! When we got back home we had a lovely roast dinner to warm up!

“I set up a fundraising page online, and asked all of my grandad’s friends to sponsor me, and my dad’s football team friends too. I was aiming to raise £300 but ended up raising £800!

“I want to do something once a year now – maybe a bungee jump when I’m older or a tea and coffee morning. I also love horses so it would be great to do a sponsored ride across country. St Christopher’s may not be one of the biggest charities, but it has the biggest heart.”