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Wheelchair fundraiser success for Sunderland woman

25-year-old Lynn Mearns completed a 10 mile walk on her electric wheelchair and raised �1,100 for BHF and Sunderland Volunteer Centre.

25-year-old Lynn Mearns completed a 10 mile walk on her electric wheelchair and raised �1,100 for BHF and Sunderland Volunteer Centre.

A DETERMINED woman is a “wheel” success after raising money for charity.

Lynn Maerns raked in £1,100 for the British Heart Foundation and the Sunderland Volunteer Centre when she completed a sponsored event.

It was labelled Lynn’s Spectacular Challenge, and the money raised was shared evenly between the two chosen charities.

The 25-year-old wheeled herself 10 miles in her Spectra-Plus Wheelchair, to raise the money for charity.

Lynn, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and has been raising money for charity since she was nine, said: “It is something I wanted to do to be independent,”

The fund-raising took place over three events.

Lynn, from East Herrington, covered four-and-a-half miles through Barnes Park, three-and-a-half miles around Herrington Country Park and two miles in the Seaburn Stroll.

“The events went extremely well, and Lynn very much enjoyed it,” said her mother Susan.

“She found the walk in Herrington Country Park a bit difficult, and people had to help steady the wheelchair, but she managed it.”

She added: “We really just wanted to thank people for their generosity and help.

“Lynn has been raising money for about 16 years and people are still very kind.

“A lady stopped us in the street after recognising Lynn from an article in the Echo before the events, and gave us £10 for the charities.

“She said she admired what Lynn was doing.”

Susan, who cares for Lynn, said: “She is very proud of herself and is always looking for her next challenge.

“She takes other people’s ideas on board and tries to make create her own ideas from them.

“I am very proud of her and pleased she has the motivation in herself to want to do these things.”

In the past, Lynn has raised more than £1,700 for Sunderland Royal Hospital from her fund-raising challenges, among other charities.

Michael Roper, of Sunderland’s British Heart Foundation branch, said: “Lynn has always been a creative person when it comes to fund-raising, and she doesn’t let her disability get in the way whatsoever.”

Anna Gillingham, of the Volunteer Centre’s mentoring project, said: “The centre is extremely grateful for the massive contribution Lynn is making to its fund-raising efforts.”

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