Teen with cerebral palsy takes on lockdown half marathon challenge

Poppy Jones with her dad Rob Credit: Rob Jones

A fifteen year old girl with Cerebral Palsy is undertaking a huge challenge during lockdown to raise money for her school.

Poppy Jones, from Crickhowell, set herself the target of completing 700 laps of her garden, in her wheelchair - that's the equivalent of 13 miles.

She attends Treloar School in Hampshire which supports young people with physical disabilities. It relies heavily on donations.

She's already over half way through.

Poppy hopes to complete her garden half marathon by the end of May Credit: Rob Jones
In 2016 Poppy completed a triathlon with dad Rob in Cardiff Bay Credit: ITV Wales

Poppy is no stranger to a challenge though.

In 2016 along with Dad Rob, she completed her first ever triathlon in Cardiff Bay.

She doesn't let her condition hold her back in any way, and despite often experiencing pain, is determined to give something back to those who have helped her.

Poppy's Dad Rob Jones said the thought of this challenge a few years ago would have been "inconceivable", but a specialised chair and an adapted garden has made it possible.

Four years ago , Poppy could only control a powered wheelchair by using her mouth Credit: Poppy Jones / Just Giving

Like many young people her age Poppy is being home schooled at the moment, and is missing her weekly trips to Treloar's.

She's classified as "highly vulnerable", and is expected to be in lockdown until at least July.

Dad Rob says the garden is "a godsend", and believes Poppy's positivity should inspire everyone.

The pair don't have a specific fundraising target in mind, they say any amount will be a bonus.

Who knows what challenge she'll undertake next?