Runners who were inspired to take part in a charity run by a young patient at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are overwhelmed after raising more than £6,000.
The Rudham Runners took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London on Sunday to say thanks to the hospital’s Rudham Ward for the care it gives to Northwold youngster Archie Ramshaw.
The 10-year-old suffers with the rare blood disorder, Congenital Sideroblastic Anaemia, and has to endure regular blood transfusions and iron cleansing treatments.
His mum and dad, Theresa and Craig Ramshaw, wanted to raise money for the ward and teamed up with friends Ian and Sarah Hales and Jade and John Gooch as the Rudham Runners to complete the half marathon.
Mr Ramshaw said: “I felt a mixture of emotions whilst running. It was a startling reminder of just how many other people’s lives are affected by illnesses. Yet you could see the sheer determination shine through all of them.” The team wore T-shirts designed by pupil Toby Rickard, seven, who won a design competition at Northwold Primary School, where Archie attends.
Mr Ramshaw said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the support from the local community. We can’t thank everyone enough.”
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