A SCHOOLGIRL from Stonehouse raised £906 for a cancer charity by running, crawling and climbing her way around a muddy obstacle course.

Morgan Meredith, aged seven, joined a Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids event, which took place at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 29.

She took on the challenge because she wanted to do something to help after four people in her life were affected by cancer.

Morgan’s grandmother and grandfather, Muriel and Desmond Meredith, who live in Minchinhampton, have both survived breast cancer.

“And her dad’s cousin, Angela Meredith, has also survived breast cancer,” said Morgan’s aunt, Wendy Meredith.

“She also did the race in memory of Nick Ackland, who was her dad’s friend, but who sadly passed away this year.”

Footballer Nick, a former Forest Green Rovers, Shortwood United, Stonehouse and Kingswood midfielder died in March, aged just 51.

Nick and Morgan’s dad, Paul Meredith, were close friends and played football together for many years.

“He and Nick played together for Shortwood,” said Wendy.

“Paul then became manager of Shortwood reserves, with Nick as his assistant manager.”

Morgan, who has just finished at Stonehouse Park Infant School and is starting at Stonehouse Park Junior in September, managed to complete the 5k course in less than an hour.

“It was so hot on the day but she managed to complete it in 55 minutes,” said Wendy.

“We are all so proud of her.”

Morgan wrote the names of all the people for whom she took on the race on the back of her Race for Life t-shirt.