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Schoolgirl raises more than £280 for charity

A schoolgirl with a rare medical condition which causes her joints to frequently dislocate has raised more than £280 for charity by doing a 5k obstacle race.

Amazingly, Gracie Minshull, 16, from Roosebeck near Ulverston, who suffers from hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), managed to complete the run after dislocating her knee the previous night.

Gracie tackled the Colour Obstacle Rush at Aintree Race Course on Saturday, July 21, for CancerCare in Barrow and Furness. The event featured large inflatable obstacles which participants climbed over while powder paint was sprayed at them.

Aside from the fantastic fundraising, Gracie’s achievement is even more exceptional due to her health condition.

Gracie said: “Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a genetic condition which affects the collagen in the body.

“One of the problems I suffer with is that I dislocate joints almost daily. In fact, I dislocated my knee the night before the run!”

Spreading a lovely message, Gracie said: “I wanted to prove to myself and others that people with disabilities can complete things that are seemingly impossible.”

Gracie’s friend Molly McCracken from Louisburgh in County Mayo in Ireland also participated in the run.

Molly said: “I did it to help support my best friend Gracie. Turns out she’s fitter than me!”

Gracie’s work certainly payed off and she received £150 in donations via her JustGiving page. She also collected £130 in cash, bringing the grand total to more than £280 for CancerCare.

She added: “I wanted to find a different way to help raise funds for CancerCare in Furness.”

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