A Staffordshire family organised a sponsored walk in support of their grandson Joshua, and to raise money for CLIC Sargent who has been supporting the family.
Brian and Christine Williams from Tamworth, along with 58 friends and family walked the nine-and-a-half miles around Carsington Water in Derbyshire, raising an incredible £6,000 including gift aid.
The Williams family is supporting Joshua, 11, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year. After six months of intense chemotherapy at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Joshua can now be treated locally and will be starting high school in September.
Mum Vicki said: “We are overwhelmed with the love and support shown by our friends and family for this event.
“It was a brilliant day and Joshua even managed to walk a three mile route with his great-grandad.”
Organiser Christine Williams said: “We chose to support CLIC Sargent as they have been like a lifeline to us.
“CLIC Sargent Social Workers arrive at exactly the right time to provide practical and emotional support to the children and their families, guiding them through what needs to be done, how to get financial help during prolonged absence from work, and directing them to the most appropriate place for the thousands of other questions that families have.
“They were like an emergency service for Vicki, Joshua and ourselves.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan said: “Last year in Staffordshire CLIC Sargent supported over 90 children and young people with cancer, as well as their families.
“It is thanks to people from the local community who fundraise for us that we are able to do this.
“The support shown to the Williams’ and to CLIC Sargent on the day was fantastic and we are thrilled with the amount raised.”