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Young boy inspires sponsored walks in Suffolk and Nottingham

Louise Dawson
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01 Mar 2017

A three year old boy who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia has inspired family and friends to walk to beat blood cancer.

Family and friends of three-year-old Ru Bennett-Day have raised over £5,000.00 for Bloodwise having been inspired to walk to beat blood cancer following Ru’s diagnosis with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in November 2016.

Two walks took place on Sunday 19th February  in support of the toddler, one in Rattlesdon, Suffolk, organised by family friends Charlotte Brock and Helen Blenkeinsop and one in Nottingham, organised by Ru's aunty and uncle, Heather and Ian.

Over 100 friends and family turned out for the 10km walk and run in Rattlesdon, of which Ru took centre stage on the start line with his mum at the Five Bells pub. The walk in Long Eaton, Nottingham, saw 14 friends and family, along with Bruce the dog, walk 10 miles to raise money.

Collectively the two events to date have raised a fantastic £9,247.00 for charity, of which Bloodwise will receive an amazing £5,451.00.

Ru's mum Sarah says: ‘We had a great time last Sunday. Just over 100 people ran and walked a 10km road route. We had a mixture of friends, family and complete strangers join us and we raised just over £1,300.00 on the day.’

Heather added: ‘The sun was shining for most of the morning for our walk, the route was flat and relatively easy by the canal side. We walked from Trent Lock to Attenborough nature reserve up to Beeston Marina and back through Attenborough village and back down to Trent lock. We arrived back at Trent Lock for 2pm and we then enjoyed a much deserved drink in the pub.’

Louise Dawson from Bloodwise says, ‘All of us here at Bloodwise would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah, Heather, Ru and all their friends and family for their wonderful and generous support. We are delighted to hear that Ru is doing so well with his treatment and the money all the family have raised will be a huge help to us to our ongoing research into beating blood cancer.’

Sarah adds: 'Ru was diagnosed with ALL in November 2016, shortly before his third birthday. We are undergoing treatment at Addenbrookes hospital and Ru is doing brilliantly. We feel very positive thanks to the amazing work of charities such as Bloodwise.’