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Chorley girl, six, is the only one her grandad recognises

Written by on June 25, 2020

A girl has cycled more than 130 miles to support her granddad’s battle with Parkinsons.

David Molyneux, 72, was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2010, his six-year-old granddaughter Lucy is the only person he continues to recognise whenever she visits him at the Paradise House care home in Leyland.

Lucy, from Eccleston, decided that she wanted to help her grandad and, after watching her mum, Jayne Clark, 39, swim for charity, she decided to cycle in support of Parkinson’s UK and the Paradise House resident’s fund.

The six-year-old told LancsLive that she has already raised more than £1,400 through her exploits and won’t stop cycling every day until the end of June .

“I wanted to help my grandad and all the people with Parkinson’s,” said Lucy.

“I’ve been cycling a lot and done more than 120 miles so far, I’m going to keep going until the end of June.”

Lucy burns through the miles.

Lucy’s granddad David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, Lucy has never known her granddad to be without the disease and has kept a close relationship with him even when he had to move into a care home.

Jayne told LancsLive: “I’ve done a few open water swims for charity and Lucy has been at all those events.

“I remember her seeing this charity run and her saying to me: ‘I really wish we could do something for granddad’.

“She understands that there is no cure for him but she was really keen to do something to raise money.

“They have a great relationship, my dad always recognises Lucy, even when he doesn’t recognise me.”

Lucy wanted to take on a swimming challenge but, with lockdown in full swing, she opted for a cycling challenge instead.

Throughout June she was going to cycle 50 miles, attracting sponsors through the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

The six-year-old has already covered more than 120 miles on her bike.

“We started with 50 miles which is about two a day, more than enough for a six-year-old, I thought,” said Jayne.

“But she wasn’t having that, she’s been doing eight or nine miles a day, everyday, we’re already at 129 miles and she isn’t stopping.

“As soon as we got to 50 miles she just wanted to know what was next.”

Already Lucy has raised £1,480 with some of the money going to Parkinson’s UK and the rest going to a fund used just for residents at Paradise House where her granddad is cared for.

“I’m unbelievably proud of her,” said Jayne.

“It’s amazing, I have never had to tell her to do this or that with the fundraising, it’s all been her doing, she drags us out everyday.

“For a six-year-old to be so determined, I’m just blown away by her.”

Lucy sporting a Parkinsons UK t-shirt (left) and Lucy completing 100 miles of cycling (right).

Unfortunately David’s Parkinson’s continues to get worse and has now developed into dementia.

He can no longer smile as a result of the disease and the family have noticed his condition slowly getting worse during lockdown.

Jayne said: “You have to get on with things, the experience is horrible but you get through it by being able to know that, at some point in the future, other people won’t have to go through this again.

“It’s a horrible experience, seeing someone deteriorate due to Parkinson’s, hopefully something can be done about that in the future.”

Although she is only six, Lucy could be a part of that future.

The six-year-old said: “When I grow up I want to be a neuro scientist.

“I want to find out lots of different things about the brain to help other people.”

Lucy will keep cycling for the final five days of June. You can still donate to her fundraising page.