Sheringham Park shows support for sick children with return of David’s Run

Around 2000 runners take part in parkruns across Norfolk every week.
Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Around 2000 runners take part in parkruns across Norfolk every week. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Scores of runners are expected to take part in a special tribute to a football-loving teenager from north Norfolk who died just weeks after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.

David and his mum Janet at Sheringham parkrun. Picture: SUBMITTED

David and his mum Janet at Sheringham parkrun. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The second annual David's Run will be held at Sheringham Park, in place of the weekly parkrun, on Saturday, March 11.

And runners are being encouraged to sport football tops especially for the occasion.

The free event is being held in memory of David Acott, from Bodham, who was just 17 when he died in March 2015 from a rare post transplant condition (PTLD) after winning his battle with Wilson's Disease.

It has been described as a chance to remember the teenager and raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides a free 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital and supported the family through both their stays at King's College Hospital in London,

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

David ran the three mile course as he fought back to fitness following a liver transplant and went on to take part in the 2013 Pinewood Triathlon in Sheringham and won three medals in the transplant games in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Reflecting on the inaugural run last year, his mum Janet, who is now one of the parkrun's organisers, said: 'I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received on that day. It really helped me to focus on something positive. I am hoping this year will be the same, or maybe even bigger! It will be lovely to see friends and family gathered again, in their football shirts, remembering David.

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'We have people travelling from London, Essex, Ipswich, Norwich and even a liver transplant recipient who read of David's story, coming from Manchester!

'Surprisingly, this second anniversary has almost been harder for me to deal with, so having David's Run to focus on has given me a much-needed purpose. I hope once again we can use the event to raise the profile of RMHC Camberwell House and the fantastic work that they do supporting families with sick children in hospital, far away from their homes.'

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

To join the run all you need to do is register at parkrun.org.uk and bring your unique barcode along with you on the day. Runners gather at 8.45am to start the run at 9am. There will be a collection (no obligation) for the charity on the day, and online donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=JanetAcott

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