Girl with leaky heart valve walks 90 miles

Walking 90 miles for 90 years: Tasia Lean with her mum Anne, her grandparents, and members of the Royal British Legion Coppull branch

Walking 90 miles for 90 years: Tasia Lean with her mum Anne, her grandparents, and members of the Royal British Legion Coppull branch

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An eight-year-old girl who suffers from leaking heart valves is walking 90 miles to raise money for charity.

Brave Tasia Lean and her ex-military mum Anne are walking a mile a day for 90 days after school, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

The Coppull St John’s Church of England Primary School pupil started the feat on Valentine’s Day, and the challenge will take her right up to the Family Fun Day at Astley Park on May 15.

Anne, age 44, was in the air force for over nine years, and is the secretary of the Coppull branch of the RBL, as well as a self-employed beauty therapist.

She said: “It’s a big achievement for an eight-year-old, because it’s a long commitment, but we’re really enjoying it.

“To look at Tasia, you’d think she’s just a normal girl with nothing wrong, but we need to keep an eye on her heart.”

Tasia was just 11 months old when doctors discovered that she was born with two holes in her heart, and she underwent surgery a week before her first birthday.

One of her heart chambers is still leaking, so it has to be monitored, but Anne says this doesn’t stop her daughter doing what she wants.

“She plays netball after school and enjoys dancing,” she said. “The walks take us about 20 minutes each day.”

The pair have raised over £150 for the charity so far, but carry the donation buckets round with them so hope to raise even more by the big day in May.

This will be the main County 90th Celebration and will involve a huge variety of activities, including music from the The King’s Division Army Band, face-painting, crafts and fundraising stalls.

If you would like to sponsor Tasia, please email tasia_90490@live.co.uk