A VILLAGE and local businesses stepped up to the mark in a charity fun run to raise money for specialist equipment for a youngster whose sight is impaired through albinism.
Some 80 runners took part in a 10km fun run on Saturday and helped to raise £3,600 to provide two-year-old Harriet Bradbury with a specialist device to enable her to see her surroundings.
But the event was marred when organisers had to re-route some of the runners along the main road at Barningham after an objection by a member of the public to their original route.
Harriet’s mum Rosie Bradbury was stunned by the support she had for the event.
As well as the effort put in by the runners there were fuin events for youngsters.
A children’s challenge saw 45 children hopping through hoops and climbing under nets on Barningham Cricket Ground and there was solid support from local firms.
Trinity Construction sponsored goody bags for the runners, Copella Apples gave apple juice, Hillcrest Nursery gave fruit and the Co-op donated crisps. Clarks of Walsham also delivered a tonne of sand for a sandcastle competition.
Troston Farm offered a Christmas turkey prize in an unusual ‘raffle’. People bought tickets representing squares marked out in a pen inhabited by a turkey and if it used your square as a loo, you won.
Mrs Bradbury added: “So many people gave us raffle prizes and they were very good ones. I’d like to thank everyone.”
The money raised by the event means means Harriet can have a Farview device for visually impaired people instead of the cheaper, less effective, option of an iPad. The Farview will help her to see her surroundings.
The albinism results in a lack of pigmentation and affects Harriet’s sight.
Mrs Bradbury said: “What we can see 60 metres away, Hattie can only see the same at six metres away.”
The family will also be able to make a donation to the Albinism Fellowship.