Young runners' charity success

FELIXSTOWE may not have a Golden Mile, but its prom brought five young runners plenty of silver as they raised nearly £500 for charity.The youngsters were taking part in a sponsored run along the length of the resort's prom - nearly two miles - to raise cash for Cancer Research.

FELIXSTOWE may not have a Golden Mile, but its prom brought five young runners plenty of silver as they raised nearly £500 for charity.

The youngsters were taking part in a sponsored run along the length of the resort's prom - nearly two miles - to raise cash for Cancer Research.

The event was the idea of ten-year-old Tess Harold, of Holland Road, Felixstowe, who desperately wanted to do something for charity.

Tess, a pupil at Colneis Junior, who had taken part in sponsored events at school, came up with the idea of the run and enlisted her cousin Amy Mitchell to help organise it.


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They were joined by friends Charlotte Hockley-Hills, Sarah Versey and Alexis Mitchell, with Tess's sister Kit, six, as mascot, for the run from the Manor End to Cobbold's Point.

Parents, including Tess's mum and dad Konrad and Danielle Harold, supported the event with the girls being sponsored by friends and relatives.

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Mr Harold said they had raised between £450 and £500 for Cancer Research.

He said: “They did really well. They were so lucky with the weather - they managed to do the run between the thunder storms.

“It was so rewarding for them because they did everything themselves - came up with the idea, organised it, got the sponsorship - and so it was a really good experience.

“The run went well. They stopped a couple of times as it is quite a long way for young children to run, but they did it at a steady jog and got all the way.”

Mr Harold said the girls were now hoping to organise more sponsored events and hoping to involve even more people.

Cancer Research carries out research to improve the understanding of cancer and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of the disease, as well as working with patients and their families, and in partnership with other organisations battling against the disease.

WEBLINK: www.cancerresearchuk.org

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