A CHARITY run raises thousands for charity in honour of Hartlepool schoolboy Ethan Wilson.
A team of 22 volunteers who completed a ten-mile run to honour Ethan, who has leukaemia, and raised £4,412 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
It was the teenager’s wish to donate the funds to the trust, at Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, the hospital which revealed the shock news that Ethan had acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.
The tough charity run was organised by Ethan’s dad, Stuart Halliwell, 47, and members of John Dawson Close Combat Arena, in George street – where Ethan is a member and his dad an instructor.
It took place on March 23, at Summerhill, off Catcote Road, Hartlepool
Stuart’s friend and gym member Martin McKie, who works as a technician at Nissan, took part in the successful fundraising event.
Martin, 31, from Harold Hornsley Square, Hartlepool, said: “It was quite warm on the day and we did seven laps of Summerhill which was tough, but good.
“Stuey and Ethan came down to cheer us on, they were taking photos and people’s partners from the gym came to watch us and hand out bottles of water.
“When Stuey told us what Ethan was going through we just wanted to help.
“We thought if we could raise £1,000 then we would be happy and if we could raise two we would be over the moon.
“So we have exceeded all expectations and that’s down to the generosity of people in town.”
Even people who didn’t take part in the run still did what they could to help raise money.
Former Hartlepool College of Further Education student, Scott Hughes, 25, who is now a bodybuilder put his weight behind pulling three trucks instead of running and raised £380 on his own.
“He’s 22 stone so couldn’t run ten miles, so I arranged for him to pull three trucks and set up a Virgin money giving account for it,” added Martin, whose school friend and band member of The Jar Family Richard Docherty donated funds raised from a signed guitar auction which was done on Facebook.
Brave Ethan whose is currently undergoing chemotherapy is said to be delighted about the results of the charity run.