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Swaffham youngsters complete mile run for Christmas appeal

By Lynn News Reporter

A total of £969.30 was raised to donate Christmas presents for underprivileged children after a five-year-old boy ran a fundraising mile with his sister and friends.

Jack Genn, five, of Swaffham Infant School ran a mile at Swaffham Recreation Ground last Saturday with his four-year-old sister Paige as well as his friends Masie and Tyler Wright. Masie is five, while her little brother is three.

Fundraising mile for toy appeal
Fundraising mile for toy appeal

Funds were donated by the likes of Jack’s doctor, teachers and neighbours. The doctor surgery also handed over some teddies as a contribution.

Tesco and Asda also donated gift vouchers for the cause.

The money will be used to buy Christmas presents on Wednesday which will then be passed on to the KL.FM Christmas Toy Appeal.

Jack’s mother, Hils, said her son suffers with a heart murmur but that did not deter him from his run. She also said Jack’s little sister Paige sprinted most of the route, which was the equivalent of three and a half football pitches.

Jack Genn
Jack Genn

Mrs Genn added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out and sponsored Jack and Masie. All the children are really happy and chuffed as they know what they have done.

“The response to this cause has been quite overwhelming. Even if it was a small donation, it was really helpful.”

After originally setting a target of £500 on the GoFundMe page, a total of £545 has been donated on the page alone so far. This is in addition to the £424 raised through paper sponsorship forms and other means.

The KL.FM Toy Appeal received a final figure of 2,028 gifts in 2017.

Jack running his mile
Jack running his mile

Many of the children who are targeted through the scheme are looked after in social care or foster homes. Others will be spending their Christmas in hospital.

The appeal covers children in West Norfolk, Fakenham and Wisbech who are in need of some festive cheer this Christmas.


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