Little Erin’s giant strides for grandad

Four-year-old Erin Tidey, with her grandad Tommy Burke, will be running the Race For Life.
Four-year-old Erin Tidey, with her grandad Tommy Burke, will be running the Race For Life.

A four-year-old will take part in Halifax’s Race for Life to fundraise for her grandad who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Erin will complete a sponsored 5k walk with her mum, Emma Tidey, in July to raise money for the charity that helps people like her grandad, Tommy Burke, 64, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma - a type of cancer of the blood, in January.

When Emma, of Portland Road, Halifax, told her daughter, a reception pupil at nearby St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, she was running the Great North Run in September to raise money for poorly people her daughter immediately said she wanted to run with her.

“I explained that a half marathon would be a bit much for a little girl. But Erin was determined to take part in something to help her grandad - so we decided on a 5k sponsored walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK,” said Emma.

Erin’s family and friends will cheer her on along the route on the day.

The mother-of-two said cancer has turned the family’s world upside down.

“You never think it will come to you. It’s your parents who are always there for you, the strong ones.

“Suddenly, cancer has come into our lives and now Erin is also aware - she’s seen us upset and now she wants to do something to help her grandad and people just like him. I’m really proud of her.”

Mr Burke, of Halifax, said: “I think it’s marvellous what Erin’s doing. Cancer is something she knew nothing about before - but she does now. Anything to help the fantastic support I’ve received is just wonderful.”

Mr Burke is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment to try and beat the disease.

Erin and her mum will take part in the Halifax Race for Life at Savile Park, on Sunday July 20. To sponsor her or make a donation visit