Fur­ni­ture store be­comes race track for char­ity chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

PEO­PLE usu­ally head to Arighi Bianchi to browse fur­ni­ture or en­joy a leisurely lunch.

But 10-year-old Ge­orge Mathias and his pals turned the en­tire fur­ni­ture store into a race track for a char­ity chal­lenge.

Ge­orge, who was joined by his six-year-old brother James and cousins Sam and Lucy Roberts, headed to Arighi’s as part of Ge­orge’s on­go­ing chal­lenge in aid of Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Char­ity, which sup­ports the hospi­tal which cared for Ge­orge’s brother James when he was poorly.

Ge­orge is run­ning a mile for ev­ery month of his brother’s life – which adds up to a whop­ping 75 miles.

Nick Bianchi, di­rec­tor of Arighi’s and a fam­ily friend, wel­comed the lit­tle run­ners for the char­ity chal­lenge.

He said: “Ge­orge is a rather special young man. He’s rais­ing money for Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Char­ity as a thank you for sav­ing his lit­tle brother’s life, run­ning a mile for ev­ery month he’s had with six-year-old James. That’s 75 miles and count­ing!

“I was de­lighted to help with a fun-run round the store and a full English break­fast in our café bar at the end of it.”

Ge­orge’s mum, Sue Mathias, said: “It was lovely of Arighi’s to open up early on a Sun­day morn­ing to let Ge­orge have a run. They even got to have a quick rest in the bed de­part­ment.

“We’re so proud of what Ge­orge is do­ing and it’s a won­der­ful way to say thank you to Alder Hey.

“All our friends and fam­ily are be­hind him and it’s been lots of fun think­ing about where we can race to next.”

The fur­ni­ture store was the lat­est in a long line of miles al­ready com­pleted by Ge­orge, who has been joined by Olympic swim­mer Fran Hal­sall, Corona­tion Street ac­tress Samia Longcham­bon and former Liver­pool player Jamie Car­ragher on pre­vi­ous runs.

To do­nate go to run­with­ge­orge.com.

Pic­tured at Arighi Bianchi are (from left) Ge­orge Mathias, 10, di­rec­tor Nick Bianchi, Lucy Roberts, 12, James Mathias, six, and Sam Roberts, 10. Inset: Team Ge­orge wound their way around the fur­ni­ture store for the chal­lenge

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