Caring Leeds schoolgirl’s pedal power in memory of granddad

Seven-year-old Natasha Walker from Pudsey.
Seven-year-old Natasha Walker from Pudsey.
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DETERMINED young fundraiser Natasha Walker got on her bike to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of her grandfather.

The kind-hearted seven-year-old from Pudsey persuaded her whole family to join her in a 19-mile bike ride after her grandfather John Watkins died last year at the age of 78 following a battle with prostate cancer.

But first, Natasha had to learn how to ride a bike, and managed to achieve her goal just a week before the charity bike ride.

Natasha was inspired to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as he was a keen cyclist himself and a former member of Leeds Wellington Cycling Club.

Natasha, who helped care for her grandfather during his final days, said: “I wanted to do the bike ride because when Macmillan helped my granddad, I wanted to help them too.

“I really enjoyed it but it was a bit scary because it was one of the first time I ever rode a bike.”

Clara White, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “We are so grateful and she really is an inspirational young lady.”

Mum Alison Walker, said: “Natasha is just phenomenal. She’s certainly kept us all going.”

The Pudsey Waterloo Primary School pupil tackled the bike ride with her brother Bradley, mother Alison, father Jason, aunt Fiona Marshall and her husband Jono and cousin Lucas, 11, raising £700 for the cause.

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