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Four-year-old girl prepares to take on charity triathlon

A four-year-old girl is preparing to take on a triathlon for charity.

Effie Bowman, from Castle Gresley, Derbyshire, will tackle a four-mile bike ride, a 200-metre run and a 50-metre swim.

Her mum, Donna Reid, said how proud she is of her energetic daughter.

A year ago, when she was three, we gave her £1 to spend on a treat in a shop. She picked up a sausage roll and some biscuits. She then marched over to a homeless man that we had passed on the way and gave them all to him.

He offered her one of the biscuits back and they sat together and ate. This is probably the proudest moment of my life to date. I had no idea what she was going to do; it was an act completely initiated by Effie.

– Donna Reid, Effie's mum
Effie Bowman will take on a four-mile bike ride, a 200-metre run and a 50-metre swim. Credit: BPM Media

Donna says her daughter is continually thoughtful, having been keen to donate toys and clothing of her own when she was as young as two.

When Effie was told that her mum had ran triathlons when she was younger she wanted to emulate her achievements and raise money for charity at the same time.

Effie, who is due to start school in September, said:

I like giving to charity and to homeless people. I feel sad when I see them homeless, and when I watch programmes about the YMCA I want to help.

I also want to help my school because they’re building a new play castle so we can play.

– Effie Bowman
Effie Bowman is raising money for several local charities. Credit: BPM Media

A target of £550 has been set, which will be split between the YMCA in Burton and St Wystan's School, in Repton, where Effie attended pre-school and will be starting at the main school next month.

The money for the school will go towards building a new outdoor classroom and play area.

Paul Laffey, the chief executive of Burton's YMCA said he is very impressed at the giving attitude from someone so young.

Everyone at the YMCA is overwhelmed that Effie, at such a tender age, has shown so much compassion for others.

We really appreciate that she is doing a triathlon for her two favourite causes – Burton's YMCA and St Wystan's School.

We hope all her training for this event goes really well and would encourage lots of people to sponsor her.

We also want to thank Effie’s family for teaching and supporting her to care for others. Half of all the funding she raises will go directly towards helping vulnerable people in crisis.

– Paul Laffey, the chief executive, YMCA Burton

Effie will be doing the running and cycling parts of the triathlon at Hicks Lodge, in Ashby, and will then complete the 50-metre swim at Hood Park Leisure Centre.