A 10-year-old girl from Camborne who has embarked on a marathon effort to raise cash for a care home has had backing from a Hollywood actress, a renowned physicist and a trio of Olympians.

Mia Richardson embarked on a marathon effort to run the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – 837 miles or 1,347 kilometres – on the family cross-trainer.

It is all to raise money for the care home where her mum, Bernie, works.

Mai began on April 2 and, since then, has so far completed nearly half the distance, raised more than £4,700, been interviewed by at least 20 different radio stations across the country and appeared on three regional TV programmes.

As if that wasn’t enough, celebrities including Hollywood actress Thandie Newton, who spent part of her childhood in Penzance, physicist Professor Brian Cox and Olympians Ben Ainslie, Jo Pavey and Hannah Cockcroft have all messaged their support and contributed to her goal.

That goal is to buy an interactive Magic Table for residents at Cornwall Care’s Blackwood home in Camborne.

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“It’s been exhausting, but I’m so proud of what Mia is doing,” said her father, Dan.

“There seems to be at least one broadcast interview each day – and sometimes as many as three. We’re tracking Mia’s progress on a map and finding out about the places she’s virtually visiting on the internet. It’s a good way of learning geography!”

Mia runs for about an hour each day and, although her legs get tired, is clearly very excited about her ongoing fundraising success.

She said: “I do a happy dance for every new donation.

“I run 20 kilometres a day which is hard, but I love seeing the total getting bigger and getting messages from famous people is cool. Mum is doing lots of hours in her job and this makes me feel like I’m helping her and the people she’s looking after.”

Bernie has worked for Cornwall Care for the last six years. The charity runs 16 homes in the county and employs more than 1,400 staff.

Cornwall Care CEO, Anne Thomas, said: “I’m thrilled with what Mia is doing and the money she is raising.

“Magic Tables are an amazing and transformative way of engaging residents, providing them with many wonderful hours of entertainment. Having one at Blackwood will be wonderful and I can’t thank Mia enough for her stamina and dedication to such a worthwhile cause.”

To donate or find out more, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/miarichardson or see www.facebook.com/Miasmagicjourney/ and @miamagicjourney on Twitter.