Brave Norfolk schoolboy inspires Newton Flotman man’s fundraiser

A brave Norfolk schoolboy battling against leukaemia has inspired people to raise about �1,000 to help others suffering from the disease.

Radley Sexton, aged five, from Mileham, near Fakenham, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2010 but is now in remission.

His uncle Graham Beales, 35, is completing runs to raise money for Leukaemia Care. The second of his 'Radley's Runs' was held in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, where Mr Beales lives, on Saturday.

Eighty-six people ran between one and 13 miles. They included members of Newton Flotman Football Club and Wymondham Athletics Club.

An estimated �2,000 has been raised, to be shared between Leukaemia Care and Newton Flotman Football Club.

Radley started the race and was given a football shirt with his initials on.

Mr Beales said: 'I am so pleased to have had the support of the football club and it was great to see Radley. I don't think he understands why everyone thinks he is so brave.'

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Mr Beales intends to complete several runs over the coming years for Leukaemia Care. Radley, a pupil of Brisley Primary School, is due to finish his treatment in January 2014 but the leukaemia could come back any time within two years after that.

His mother Gemma Sexton, 29, said: 'Radley's such a brave little boy. He's always smiling. It's great that he has inspired all of these people to raise this money. People can also give blood and learn more at the Anthony Nolan Trust website.'

The football club intend to hold the run annually and is planning to hold two more events this year for Leukaemia Care.

adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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