On the run for little boy

Callum Ancill
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A DEDICATED runner is putting his best feet forward to raise money in memory of his daughter’s friend who died from a form of childhood cancer.

Mick Cordall, of Union Street Hemsworth, was inspired to run the Humber Half Marathon after seven-year-old Callum Ancill died from Wilms’ tumour in September.

He was good friends with his daughter, Leah, eight, who attended Grove Lea Junior Infant and Nursery School, on Station Road, in Hemsworth.

He said: “I know his parents and wanted to do it to keep Callum’s memory alive. It is also a way of raising awareness of the disease.

“He was such a brave little boy and just want to do it for him and raise as much money as I can.”

Mr Cordall will split his sponsorship between the Make a Wish Foundation UK and Candlelighters – a Yorkshire-based charity that was founded and run by parents of children who have or have had cancer, and the medical staff who treated them.

He will take on the 13.1 mile run on June 24.

Callum’s mum, Melanie Ancill, of Longworth Road, Hemsworth, said she was grateful to Mr Cordall for his effort.

She said: “The more people that know about the charities and the disease the better. I don’t think people realise how lucky they are until you have to go through something like this.”

She said that husband Mark, and sons Matthew, 19, Dominic, 14, and Callum’s twin, Cieran, eight, had been great support.

To donate to Make A Wish text PEMW51 to 70070, or to donate to Candlelighters text ITQL49 to 70070. Each text cost £1.