Fundraisers inspired to spring into action


MEMBERS of a book group in Stratford-upon-Avon will be taking part in the 10km Spring Wolf Run, on Sunday 10th April, to raise money for Histiocytosis UK.

Six-year-old Archie Parsons, from Stratford, was diagnosed with Neuro Degenerative Langheran’s Cell Histiocytosis, in November. He is currently having chemotherapy for the second time in his life.

Histiocytosis is an umbrella term for a group of incredibly rare and devastating diseases.

Archie’s parents Rosie Parsons, who is a founder member of Books By The Bottle, and Steve Parsons, are among a team of book group members and friends taking part in the woods, obstacles, lakes and fields event, at Welsh Road Farm, near Leamington.

More than £1,300 has already been donated through their Justgiving page, almost tripling their original £500 fundraising target.

Among the family’s supporters, are Noah’s Ark Toddlers Group, who meet at Bishopton Community Centre, on Tuesday mornings during term time.

Parents, grandparents and childminders who attend the group raised £87.44 through a raffle and cake sale, organised by toddler group leader Sally Thomas.

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Meanwhile, Stratford Riding for the Disabled Group has taken the reins and will be the official charity partner for the Wolf Run, which is held on both the Saturday and Sunday next weekend.

Wolf Run organiser and director, Charlie Moreton said: “We are delighted to partner with a local group of Riding for the Disabled Association for the inaugural Wolf Run of 2016.

“The work they do locally is incredibly important and we hope that our involvement will boost their profile as well as raise money for this worthy cause. We are very proud to support our charity partnerships.”

Since 2011, the Wolf Run has raised and donated tens of thousands of pounds to a host of UK charities, including Myton Hospice and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Wolf Run participants have raised money and awareness for more than 2,000 charities.