A huge appeal to help a Blackpool youngster walk into the classroom on his first day of school is about to get a boost.
A group of 45 runners will meet at the starting line of this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run with one goal – to raise as much money as possible for Joe’s Dream to Walk.
The appeal has been set up to raise £38,000 for an operation for Joe Knowles, from Bispham, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk unaided.
With just a small amount still to raise, the group of runners is hoping they can push the appeal over its target.
Tori Kenyon, who has organised the group, said: “We are trying to get the biggest team taking part in this year’s fun run. Me and my husband, Geoff, have taken part in the run for a few years for our own son, who also has cerebral palsy, but this year wanted to do something bigger for Joe.”
Tori, of Willowdene in Thornton, is a family friend of Joe’s parents, Mike and Sue Knowles, and said four-year-old Joe himself would be taking part in the race, pushed in a specially-made pram.
She added: “We’re amazed at how many people are taking part. Some of them haven’t really exercised before and will be walking, but it’ll be such an achievement.
“I think the run will be really emotional for us all, especially for Mike and Sue, but we’re all really looking forward to it.”
To support the team, visit www.joesdreamtowalk.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run takes place on Sunday, May 11. Runners, joggers and walkers will set off from Blackpool’s Hilton Promenade at 11am, and will make their way to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and back. Entry fees will go to organiser Trinity Hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, though runners can take sponsorship for any charity they choose. For detail visit www.blackpoolfunrun.co.uk.