Young Radley inspires runners to raise money for leukaemia charity

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

Radley Sexton, 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 taking part in a series of runs to raise money for the charity 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, who Mr Beales used to play for, village residents and runners Wymondham Athletics Club, who helped to organise the event.

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

Radley was there to start the race. He was made an honorary member of the football club and given a football shirt with his initials on.

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Mr Beales said: 'I am so pleased to have had the support of Newton Flotman Football Club and it was great to see Radley there.

'I don't think he really understands why everyone thinks he is so brave. He was smiling all day and loves his football shirt.

'Lots of the runners told me how seeing him supporting the event spurred them on.'

Mr Beales intends to take part in several runs over the coming years for Leukaemia Care.

Radley, a pupil of Brisley Primary School, is treated every week at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, every three months at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and every day at home.

His treatment is due to finish in January 2014 but the leukaemia could come back any time within two years after that.

Radley's mother Gemma Sexton, 29, said: 'Radley's such a brave little boy. He's always upbeat and smiling and he doesn't let anything trouble him.

'It's great that he has inspired all of these people to raise this money. But people who can't give money to charity can give blood to help people going through chemotherapy. I urge anyone interested to visit the Anthony Nolan Trust website.'

Newton Flotman Football Club chairman, Graham Burgess, said: 'I am so proud of the response from club members, their families and the local village in getting behind this brilliant cause.'

The football club intend to make this run an annual event and is also planning to hold two further events this year for Leukaemia Care.

Radley, meanwhile, is said to be continuing to battle his illness with courage and a smile on his face and considering taking up running, just like his uncle Graham.

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