Academy gives reporter cash
AFTER three energetic weekends Express reporter Katie Butler has finally completed her trio of challenges for charity.
She ran ten miles in the Leeds Country Way race, trekked the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 14 hours and then completed a triathlon on Sunday in under an hour.
And to mark her achievements, SESKU Academy, based at Burntwood Community Centre, South Kirkby, donated £500, which has raised the final total to more £2,000.
Miss Butler, 27, took on the challenges to raise funds for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Doctors diagnosed her friend’s niece, Isabelle Touhey, from Sheffield, with neuroblastoma - a rare type of childhood cancer that develops from nerve tissue - in July.
It took 14 doctors and nurses to partially remove the golf-ball sized tumour from the her lung cavity.
But they could not take it all out because the tumour had grown between the vertebrae in the toddler’s spine and removing it could have paralysed her. Isabelle has just started chemotherapy.
Adam Redfern, senior manager of the academy urged others to donate to the cause.
He said: “It was great to read about Katie doing something so challenging. She has worked so hard to raise the funds and her efforts need recognising.
Miss Butler said: “The challenges were tough but I just kept remembering why I was doing them. I’m so grateful to everyone who has donated, it has made everything worthwhile. The money will make such a difference to these brave and inspirational children.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/katie-butler1 to donate.
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