Charity fun run raises thousands

Race organising committee. Top row left to Right - Emily Moore, Annabel Follows, Henry Moore, Tom Ho

Race organising committee. Top row left to Right - Emily Moore, Annabel Follows, Henry Moore, Tom Holmes, Jayden Biggs, Harry Weber Tom Bloom Bottom row Noah O'Sullivan, Georgia Martin, Freddie Lindop, Ludo Mannion Miles - Credit: Archant

A CHARITY fun run which was organised by a youngster in memory of his friend has raised thousands of pounds.

Runners set off on Tom's Trust fun run

Runners set off on Tom's Trust fun run - Credit: Archant

On Sunday a fun run held in the village of Thriplow raised £2,400 for Tom’s Trust, a charity raising money to support children with brain tumours.

The fun run was organised by Tom Holmes, who was a friend of Tom Whiteley’s.

Tom’s Trust was set up two years ago in memory of Fowlmere resident Tom Whiteley, who died aged nine after a short brain tumour battle in 2010.

The 12-year-old wanted a fun and sporty way to raise money for the charity.

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“I was truly inspired by Tom’s idea to organise a village fun run in aid of Tom’s Trust,” said Tom Whiteley’s mum, Debs, who is also a trustee of Tom’s Trust.

“This event is very close to my heart as Tom Holmes was our Tom’s friend.

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“I would also like to thank Thriplow Farms for their ongoing support, which made this event possible.”

The fun run started from The Green and followed through the Thriplow tracks before finishing back at The Green.

There were four age categories and all runners were chip timed.

Tom Holmes came first in the Year 7 category and won the Tom Whiteley Salva.

Tom’s Trust, which was set up to provide clinical psychology for children with brain tumours and their families, has so far raised more than £150,000.

It is currently working with Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to provide a psychologist within a complete rehabilitation service dedicated to children with brain tumours, something which has never been provided in the UK.

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