AN 11-year-old girl cartwheeled an entire walking route in her home town on Saturday to raise money for charity.

Georgina Power, from Bicester, who has been doing gymnastics for four years, managed to raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, beating her target of £150.

She came up with the idea of cartwheeling the Langford Village 5k health route - marked by blue lines - while walking to school one day.

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The health routes, which were put in place by Cherwell District Council, are to encourage Bicester residents to be more active.

After setting herself the challenge, Georgina trained hard with conditioning training at home, gymnastics training twice a week with Bicester and District Gymnastics Club's outdoor sessions and practised cartwheeling along the blue line.

Her mother, Gill Power, said: " We had received some funny looks from passersby, which is understandable as it's not every day you see someone cartwheeling so much.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support and donations we have received from Bicester residents."

Encouraged along by her best friend, Olivia Martin, and people jogging by, Georgina managed to complete the cartwheeling 5k in just under three hours.

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Ms Power added: "Her sheer determination to raise money for the vital research needed, and the support and well wishes we have received from friends, family and local residents is truly heartwarming."