Nia Thomson, a resident of the Vale, has completed a 24-hour challenge to walk the "height of Penarth" as many times as possible in an effort to raise funds for a new trike for Leon Thompson, a child with Cerebral Palsy.
Leon is the child of firm friends of Nia's, Kasia and Charlie Thompson, and was born 10 weeks premature with Cerebral Palsy, a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination. On her GoFundMe page for the event, Nia describes Leon as liking "trains, squishy toys, books, water play and his sandpit and playing with his little sister Aniela."
Watch: Nia crosses the 24 hour mark in her challenge and completes her walk.
The Barry boy also loves riding his trike, as Nia says it "gives him the freedom to play and move his body forward under his own power away from his wheelchair" and it was Leon's need for a new trike that spurred her on to complete this challenge.
The challenge that the determined resident of the Vale and devoted friend set for herself was to walk all day and night, on the 12th December, from the Penarth Pier Pavilion up to Penarth Head Park, ticking off the comparative height of the UK's mountains as she went. Outlining her challenge, Nia said:
"Leon's has been given more challenges to deal with on a daily basis than any child should have to. He has physio every day alongside many other therapies and is championed by his amazing parents.
"Leon can’t ride a bike like other children can but Leon LOVES riding his trike. It gives him the freedom to play and move his body forward under his own power away from his wheelchair. It also gives him physical therapy as he does it!
"Leon needs a new trike as his body grows and his needs change and the cost of a new trike is bonkers money. So I wanted to do something to help. So I have decided to take on a challenge we are calling ‘Moving Mountains for Leon’ supported by my trainer and dear friend Ryan at 121 Motivation.
"On Sat 12th December at 2pm I am going to walk the height of Penarth as many times as I can in 24hrs and tick off the comparative height of the UK mountains and beyond as I go. I’ll walk all day and through the night from the Penarth Pier Pavilion up to Penarth Head Park."
Nia gave herself 8 weeks to train for the feat, completing treks up Pen Y Fan, even while slightly injured, to ensure she could complete the 24 hour challenge.
In total, Nia raised £2,889, smashing her £2,000 original target and securing the funds necessary to purchase Leon a new trike. You can still donate to Nia and find out more about the challenge by visiting her GoFundMe page, here.