Mum inspires charity fun run for children

Emily Cannon, Cloe Gibney, Eddie Gibney, Claudia Cannon and Ann Sheppard with Catherine Sheppard
Emily Cannon, Cloe Gibney, Eddie Gibney, Claudia Cannon and Ann Sheppard with Catherine Sheppard
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A 31-YEAR-OLD mum’s battle with cancer has inspired a charity fun run aimed at children.

Cloe Gibney has been fighting the disease since November 2008 – prompting her best friend to organise Little Legs for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The sponsored walk or run, in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday August 21, is aimed at youngsters aged under 12, who can wear fancy dress and take part with their family.

There will also be a fete with bouncy castle and stalls including food and drink.

Miss Gibney, of Bury, said: “It should be a great day for everyone. Cancer affects a lot of people and we want to raise as much money as possible.

“It’s good to involve the children and takes away some of the gloom. It’s about having fun.”

Her friend and organiser Catherine Sheppard, of Ipswich, added: “It’s so all the children can get involved in what can be a very hard time in their life which they may not totally understand.

“The emphasis is to create some light in their lives where there can be such darkness at a worrying time when mum, dad or another family member maybe suffering from the disease.”

In the run up to the day, she is appealing for a commentator and volunteers to lend a helping hand.

Entry forms can be downloaded from their website and it costs £5 per family to register. They have also been sent to schools in the area.

Medals and certificates will be awarded to all children. The gates open at 11am with a warm up at 11.45am and the race starts at noon. Deputy mayor of St Edmundsbury Terry Buckle will cut the ribbon.

A raffle will be held at 3pm and the Theatre Royal has donated a ticket for four to see Red Hen in October, which will be awarded to the family that raises the most amount of money.

To take part, volunteer or donate visit, email or phone 0740 362 4370.