Clean break for Lewis

Lewis Bradley.
Lewis Bradley.

HARTLEPOOL schoolboy Lewis Bradley broke his wrist just two weeks before this year’s Miles for Men - but vowed to still do the race and used the accident to raise more cash.

The kind-hearted 11-year-old was looking forward to join hundreds of others taking part in the race, which was held last week.

But his plans were thrown into disarray when he fell off his bike and snapped his wrist just a fortnight before the big fundraiser.

But instead of letting the accident spoil the event for him, Lewis insisted on doing the run and then the shrewd youngster decided to charge people sponsorship money to sign his blue pot, to represent the Miles for Men colours.

Once his pot was full of names, he went back to the hospital and got it changed and just a few days later he was back for another change and started filling his third pot with signatures.

All in all the £1 donations led to Lewis raising more than £40 for the cause, which will be added to all of the other totals raised by the runners and donated to support cancer research.

“I wasn’t going to let the accident stop me running,” said Lewis, who has just finished at Rift House Primary School and is starting secondary school in September.

“The first thing I asked when I went to hospital after the accident was whether I was going to be ok to run the race.

“And then I decided to charge people sponsorship money to sign my blue pot so I actually probably raised more because of my broken wrist.”

Lewis took part in the race along with his dog, Gypsy, who was quite the attraction of the day kitted out in a blue Miles for Men T-shirt.

And he was joined on the start line by his dad, Richard, 31, who completed the race in his wheelchair alongside his close friend, Callum Bamford, 19.

Richard severed his spinal cord, broke all of his ribs and punctured both of his lungs after plunging from a 26ft platform as he worked on a site in Crawley, West Sussex, in January 2007. He was left paralysed but has completed both Miles for Men events in his wheelchair.

Richard, who is married to Sarah, 28, said: “I’m very proud of Lewis. He was insistent on doing the run even after his accident, he’s done absolutely brilliant.”