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Just super: Doddington girl, five, takes on challenges for charity

A five-year-old Fenland girl took on a series of challenges to raise money and awareness of a cause close to her family's heart.

Erin Smith, from Doddington, completed a Super 7 Challenge in aid of the National Autistic Society and to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder because her little brother Elis has been diagnosed with autism.

The Lionel-Walden School pupil took on the challenge of completing a 7km cycle ride, running for seven minutes and doing seven star jumps and has so far raised over £400.

The Super 7 Challenge, was formerly known as 7k for 700k, and is promoted by Christine McGuinness wife of TV personality Paddy McGuinness and mother to the couple's three autistic children and aims to raise money for the society and raise awareness of the condition, which affects at least 700,000 people in the UK.

Erin cycled 7km. (45846404)
Erin cycled 7km. (45846404)

Erin's proud mum Claire Smith explained: "She wanted to do something for charity and chose the National Autistic Society because of her little brother, who was diagnosed with autism about this time last year, when he was just over two.

"We are incredibly lucky in Cambridgeshire as normally children are a lot older before they get a diagnosis. Autism is not talked about much so we as a family want to raise awareness.

"We knew it was a possibility that Elis might have it because he has an extra Y chromosome as he has XYY Syndrome and that can be associated with an increased risk of autism.

Erin ran for seven minutes immediately after finishing her 7km bike ride. (45846417)
Erin ran for seven minutes immediately after finishing her 7km bike ride. (45846417)

"We knew something was wrong when he was about two and started to regress, he stopped talking and just wasn't making the progress you would expect. It is early days, but we have been told he has a mild diagnosis so it is a case of waiting to see how he develops. He is a very bright and happy little boy.

"He is starting pre-school after Easter and he will have support in place to help one to one."

Erin completed her challenges on Thursday (March 31) which was Claire's birthday and she was accompanied on her bike ride by Claire, dad Lee and Elis.

Erin completed seven star jumps. (45846407)
Erin completed seven star jumps. (45846407)

Claire added: "Elis was in a seat on the back of Lee's bike and his face just lit up when he knew he was going for a ride. Erin did really well and we are very proud of her and what she has accomplished."

To donate visit Erin's Super 7 Justgiving page.

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