A FOUR-year-old girl has raised £783 to buy toys for children in a hospital after completing a sponsored bike ride.

Paige Ledington, of Elgar Avenue, Malvern, has achieved her online fundraising target of £300 and has also received donations in person.

The bike ride took place on Thursday, April 20, and was organised after her auntie told her about a shortage of toys at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

She plans to buy gifts with the money and deliver them to the hospital next Wednesday, along with around 30 toys donated by locals.

Her mum Charlie Ledington said: "Half way she got a bit tired and I told her what sweets she could buy for the children and she kept going.

"What got her over the finishing line was an ice cream. When she got home she ran inside and had a Fab ice cream.

"She said it was tough work. I'm so proud of her. My sister is so happy; when she went to work [at Birmingham Children's Hospital] on Tuesday everyone knew about it.

"They heard about it through the newspapers. She went to work last night and told them the figure Paige has received and now they have started asking parents what toys they want."

Ms Ledington, aged 27, said the 2.2 mile bike ride was the furthest distance her daughter had cycled.

Paige went from her house to Matalan, in Malvern Shopping Park, and then back home again.

When Paige arrived at the store she met her grandad, who works for Matalan, and two store managers, who gave her an £84 donation.

Ms Ledington wants to thank Andy Ledington, her father, and Grant Allison-Hinton, of Worcester Phone Zone, for their fundraising efforts.

The mother-of-four said Mr Allison-Hinton made a special jumper for Paige, raised £45 in his shop and personally donated £43.

Paige's dance school Dance in Motion Academy, in Byre Court, Malvern, also collected toys in support of her ride.

Half of the money raised will pay for projectors in the hospital ward while the other half will be used to buy items from Toys R Us, Ms Ledington said.

A video of Paige's bike ride can be seen on the Worcester News and Malvern Gazette websites.

Anyone who wishes to donate and help to buy toys for Birmingham Children's Hospital can do so here.