Schoolboy raises £1,500 after mum dies of cancer

CHARITY CHAMPION ... Oliver Thompson with his Great North Run medal.
CHARITY CHAMPION ... Oliver Thompson with his Great North Run medal.
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BRAVE Oliver Thompson has raised £1,500 in memory of his loving mum following her death a few weeks ago.

Susan died at the age of 48 after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Oliver, eight, of Cleadon, decided he would do the Mini Great North Run just days after her death to raise to thank two worthy causes that helped his family in their time of need.

The cash will be shared, with Macmillan Cancer Support getting 75 per cent of it and Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, where Susan was treated, getting the rest.

The Echo reported how Oliver, a pupil at Cleadon Primary School, was initially unable to get a race place after his family left it too late to send in an entry form.

But race organiser Nova did give him a place for the 1.5km fun run alongside hundreds of other children.

Oliver’s proud dad David, 49, said today: “It’s great that he’s been able to raise that much, and we are so proud of him.

“A girl who was in one of Sue’s dance classes and goes to Oliver’s school, Chloe Whitmore, did it with him, and she has raised £120 which she has passed on to us, which is great.”

“We feel it is the right thing to do to share the money between Macmillan and the QE.”

Dance teacher Susan, originally from Whitburn, developed breast cancer six years ago and, although she bravely battled the illness, having chemotherapy treatment, it eventually spread to her stomach and bowel.

She died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in August.

David, a welder at Dunlop in Pennywell, Sunderland, said the family, also including son Elliot, 14, are still coming to terms with Susan’s death but have been overwhelmed by support they’ve had.

“It’s been hard for us, but the boys are doing OK,” said David.