Media Release

Sisters team up to run for our Wheely Big Appeal

Three young sisters are being sponsored to do the Mini GEAR (Grand East Anglia Run) in King’s Lynn next month for our Wheely Big Appeal.

The £24,000 fundraising target for 30 new indoor wheelchairs for the Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust is in sight. And the efforts of Emily Ballantyne, 12, Callie-May Edwards-Ballantyne, 11, and Lily Edwards-Ballantyne, 8, will push us ever closer.

Emily has run the Mini GEAR a couple of times before, last year jointly raising £250 for Cancer Research with cousin Sasha Morgan.

Emily was looking for another good cause to support for this year and spotted the Wheely Big Appeal on our website.

Mum-of-five Nicola Ballantyne, 32, said: “Emily knows the importance of these wheelchairs. She’s quite active and sporty and over the years has had a few knocks and bumps which we’ve had checked out at the QEH so she’s actually used wheelchairs there.”

Miss Ballantyne, of King’s Lynn, said she was “very proud” of the three daughters for doing the 1.2-mile run on Sunday, May 6, and she would be cheering them on from the start and finish lines.

Emily is a pupil at King’s Lynn Academy, while Callie-May and Lily attend Howard Junior School in Gaywood. All three are in the Girl Guides movement.

The Trust’s Fundraising Executive, Laurence Morlaàs, said: “It was an unexpected surprise to find out that this family’s children decided to help our patients and we are grateful for their support.

“I hope the three girls enjoy the fun run and it’s good to know that they will get medals and goody bags in recompense for their efforts. I would like to encourage other children, adults and families to join them and run for us.”

To donate to the Wheely Big Appeal visit
For details on GEAR visit


Photo caption: From left – Lily Edwards-Ballantyne, Callie-May Edwards-Ballantyne and Emily Ballantyne

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