A schoolgirl has recognised the above and beyond efforts of frontline workers, by running an incredible 72 miles for an NHS charity.

Eight-year-old Tilly Phythian from Thurstaston chose to run the distance to mark 72 years of the NHS.

A month earlier, Tilly and her friend from Flintshire, Maisie, had talked about how they could do something to show their support for the amazing work of the NHS, before coming up with a sponsored run to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.

With the target distance spread over the past few weeks, Tilly has been running mainly along the Wirral Way and Irby from her home in Thurstaston; usually accompanied by her mum or dad and their dog Milo.

Wirral Globe: Tilly makes a dash for the finish lineTilly makes a dash for the finish line

During her final run, Tilly was surprised when her uncle and two aunties popped out of the bushes along Thurstaston Road to join her on her final mile.

To her delight, the rest of her family were waiting to cheer her in when she arrived home and crossed the finish line.

Having run a distance covering more than two and a half marathons, Tilly’s efforts have not been in vein.

So far, she has raised over £1,400 for NHS Charities Together via online donations.

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One online well-wisher said: “Well done Tilly. What a fantastic achievement. Your determination and dedication are brilliant. You must be super fit now!”

Another said: “Well done Tilly, you have achieved more than other of people would even dream of doing.”

To donate to Tilly’s cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tillyphythian