Hannah has a big heart

Hannah Nottingham. Picture: Marcelo Palaciosd405587
Hannah Nottingham. Picture: Marcelo Palaciosd405587

The 11-year-old, from Willandra Primary School, is participating in next month’s Step-a-thon, a national fundraiser which encourages kids to count their steps during September to help raise money for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Hannah’s parents, Jason and Sarah Nottingham, are foster parents who currently have six children in their care ” three biological children, two teenage boys and Hannah ” as well as three foster children all under the age of five.

The addition of a new-born baby to their family inspired Hannah to join the Step-a-thon.

The baby girl came into the Nottinghams’ care at seven days old and, struggling to put on weight, was in and out of hospital for three months, Mrs Nottingham said.

‘Hannah adores her. She has a natural empathy towards her, which is amazing for an 11-year-old.

‘She showed me the fundraising page she had set up. Her goal was to raise $200, but she has already made $1500.

‘Hannah has a suspected form of juvenile arthritis in her ankles and just walking around the shops causes pain.’

She is taking it in her stride and is selflessly pressing on.

You can donate online at stepathon.everydayhero.com/au/hannah-nottingham