Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We've Raised Pounds 58k in Charlotte's Memory. Now We Need 500 Runners to Help Us Find Even More

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We've Raised Pounds 58k in Charlotte's Memory. Now We Need 500 Runners to Help Us Find Even More

Article excerpt

Byline: SARAH JUDD

SAD LOSS: Charlotte's A BRAVE little girl who "fell asleep" at the age of just three while battling leukaemia has inspired family and generous fundraisers across Teesside to raise pounds 58,000 in three years.

Charlotte Wren passed away in the arms of parents Mike, 43, and Claire, 35, at their Marton home in 2007, after suffering from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (JMML), a rare form of the disease.

Yet despite their grief at losing their only child, the Wrens', Charlotte's grandparents Dave and Rita Painter and other family members have found enormous strength and courage in raising funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) in Charlotte's name.

"When Charlotte fell asleep one last time we wanted to do something so her death wasn't in vain," said her proud dad Mike, a senior lecturer in social care at Teesside University.

Three years on, pounds 58,000 has been raised through Charlotte's very own Forget Me Not fund linked to LLR, a charity founded in Middlesbrough 50 years ago by the Berwick Hills family of six-year-old Susan Eastwood, who also died of the blood cancer. SAD LOSS: Charlotte's The charity is currently Middlesbrough Council's charity of the year, after raising more than pounds 350m and achieving a phenomenal 90% cure rate for childhood leukaemia in half a century.

A conversation at last year's Middlesbrough 10k run between council officials, Mike and Sylvia Gaunt, 66, Susan Eastwood's sister who still tirelessly raises funds for LLR, inspired the idea for the council's year of celebration, hailing the charity's success.

Now, Mike and Claire are looking for 500 runners to take part in this year's Middlesbrough 10k in Charlotte's memory.

"It will give us a chance to celebrate Charlotte's memory as we try to make it so that LLR has a strong presence at the Middlesbrough 10k every year," said Mike. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.