A YOUNG runner is training for the Junior Great North Run to raise cash for a seriously ill boy.
Katie Charlton, 10, from Ryhope, will take part in the 4k race on Saturday in aid of the Matthew’s Milestones appeal, which was set up to help nine-year-old Matthew Brettell.
The St Mary’s RC Primary pupil decided to raise money for the appeal after reading about Matthew in the Echo. His mum Maria went to school with Katie’s mum Catherine.
Matthew, who suffers from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, was diagnosed 18 months ago.
Parents Maria, 34, and dad Gavin, 40, want to raise enough cash to adapt their home to provide a haven for Matthew as his condition deteriorates and he becomes less mobile.
So far, the appeal has raised more than £1,350, but the family needs to raise a total of £45,000 to top up a £30,000 government grant to pay for the building work at their home in Thorney Close.
Catherine, 35, a nurse, said: “When we saw the article Katie said she wanted to do it for Matthew.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Charlton2. To find out more about Matthew’s Milestones, email firstname.lastname@example.org.