A father will be running 10km around Lynn to raise money for a specialist children’s ward which has helped his son.
Darren Sysum is taking on the Grand East Anglian Run in May to say thank you to the doctors and nurses at Nottingham Children’s Hospital for support given to his son Morgan.
The 12-year-old was born with a rare kidney problem and three years ago underwent a successful transplant operation at the E17 ward.
Now Mr Sysum and his work colleague Matty Edmonds, 30, of Chatteris, are hoping to raise as much money as possible to buy new toys for the youngsters who have been admitted onto this ward.
Mr Sysum, 35, who lives in Walpole Highway, said: “I want to say thank you as the doctors and nurses did so much for Morgan. They looked after him so well.
“We want to raise as much money as possible to buy new toys. So far we have abut £300 but want to raise more.
“We spent so much time there that I know it would mean a lot to the children on the ward to have some new toys.
“My family has raised money for the ward before but I’d like to raise more.”
The Bespak Grand East Anglian Run attracts more than 2,000 runners who take on the 10km road race.
Mr Sysum and Mr Edmonds are now in training ahead of the run on May 4.
The pair are also hoping to attract support from the Toys R Us chain on the day.
Mr Sysum said: “We are trying to get out as much as we can but run every other day.
“I’m building up to 7km at the moment.”
E17 looks after children with complex renal and urological conditions.
Mr Sysum has contacted the ward’s play specialist to find out appropriate toys for the ward and a list is being compiled.
Mr Sysum said; “Hopefully we will be able to raise enough money to get everything on the list.”
Morgan, who attends Marshland High School, had spent some time on dialysis and the condition has affected his abdominal muscles but the youngster is now enjoying a normal life.
If you would like to sponsor Mr Sysum call 07954 246597.