Chorley family triathlon to pay for operation for cerebral palsy toddlers

Mum Claire Burns, 40, daughter Ellie Burns, 9, and dad Nick Burns, 46, from Chorley, are all making separate fundraising efforts to raise cash for twins with cerebral palsy.
Mum Claire Burns, 40, daughter Ellie Burns, 9, and dad Nick Burns, 46, from Chorley, are all making separate fundraising efforts to raise cash for twins with cerebral palsy.
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A nine-year-old girl and her parents are joining forces to raise funds and help out a pair toddlers with brain damage.

Ellie Burns and her parents Nick and Claire Burns, from Chorley, are each completing a leg of their ‘family triathlon’ to fundraise for three-year-old twins, William and Arthur Warner, with cerebral palsy.

The Burns family will complete a sponsored exercise to help the twins, who belong to family friends, Simon and Gaynor Warner, to pay for an operation to allow them to walk before they start school.

Dad Nick, 46, said: “I have never felt more motivated as the thought of helping improve the life of two such innocent and humble happy children just drives us all on.

“It feels different to donating to a charity as I can see first hand how their lives will be improved.”

Nick is being sponsored to lose as much weight as possible, his wife Claire, 40, is running the 10k Blackpool Illuminations night run and Ellie will be completing a sponsored swim.

“What started off as just Ellie doing her sponsored mile has now turned into 15 of her friends and parents all doing the swim too which is amazing.

“The support has been incredible and very moving.”

For more information, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/burnsfamilytriathlon.