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6-year-old Kendal schoolboy completes 100 mile running challenge for charity

6-year-old Lucas Baldwin ran a mile a day for 100 days Photo: Alzheimer’s Research UK

A Kendal schoolboy has completed a 100 mile running challenge to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

6-year-old Lucas Baldwin ran a mile a day for 100 days.

He was inspired to complete the run as part of an initiative at his school, Heron Hill.

His mum, Lesley Archer-Baldwin, suggested he should use the opportunity to raise money for charity.

Lucas chose Alzheimer’s Research UK because his grandmother has the disease.

He ran in all kinds of weather conditions to complete his challenge.

The final mile was around his school grounds on the last day of term.

Lucas dressed as Captain America to mark his final mile Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK
So far Lucas has raised £1,200 for dementia research.

This includes a £600 donation from Lakeland, where his mum works:

I didn’t think for one minute he’d keep it up and do it every day for 100 school days. But every morning he got to school early to do it. I thought he’d try to cry off but he didn’t.

He put so much effort in. It would be pouring down, blowing a gale, freezing, but he never once said he didn’t want to do it.

Lucas was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year. To do that amount of exercise every day requires lots of adjustments with his insulin and food, but it never got in the way and the exercise really helps with diabetes.

At around the halfway stage to spur him on, I said maybe he’d like to do it for charity. He instantly said he wanted to raise money to help nana and it spiralled from there.”

– Lesley, Lucas’s mum

Around 4% of people with Alzheimer’s are under 65.

It is the most common cause of early-onset dementia.

Symptoms can include:

  • memory problems
  • confusion
  • changes in personality and behaviour
  • language and visual problems

Lucas’s grandmother and Lesley’s mum, Sue Archer, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s around five years ago, aged only 59:

She does enjoy life still although it’s very hard for her. She still gets out and goes out with her friends.

She knows her family and very close friends instantly – that’s not hit yet.

She can’t cook for herself, can’t dress herself very well, can’t brush her teeth, all the things that you’ve just learnt over the years. That wiring has gone.”

– Lesley, Lucas’s mum
Despite her symptoms, Sue has a close relationship with Lucas Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

The grandkids are her world. She can talk about them until the cows come home.

Lucas doesn’t really get what is going on with her, he just says her brain doesn’t work properly. But he’s very good with her.

He just gives her cuddles and kisses as that’s what she responds so well to. She doesn’t really listen and take in what he’s saying, but he talks to her and she talks to him.”

– Lesley, Lucas’s mum

Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

We are delighted Lucas chose to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK from his remarkable challenge in honour of his nana. For someone so young to put in so much effort and dedication is absolutely amazing.

We can’t thank Lucas enough for raising vital funds for dementia research and supporting the work we do to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.”

– Gillian Edwards, Regional Fundraising Officer at