Little ones put their best feet forward to raise cash for their own Sunderland superhero.
Scores of people joined this year’s sponsored toddle around Herrington Country Park to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on behalf of city youngster, Elliot Page.
Since finding out the 18-month-old had the condition, Elliot’s family have thrown themselves into fund-raising, and following the toddle the total amount they have raised looks set to far exceed £20,000.
The park was full of princesses and superheroes as children dressed as their favourite characters to take part in the one mile walk around the lake. To keep their spirits up on the blustery day the children were joined by characters Olaf and Anna from the film Frozen and Spiderman, thanks to Houghton entertainment group, The Party Parlour, who joined them for a picnic half way through the walk.
Elliot’s parents Nadine and Chris Page, from Beckwith Grange, Doxford, were devastated when they were told the news their youngest son had the life limiting condition.
Now, they hope by raising both awareness of the illness and cash for research, the future will be brighter for children like Elliot, who takes a cocktail of drugs each day to keep his condition under control.The sponsored toddle raised a massive £2,700 last year and Nadine is hoping to have topped that amount this year by the time all the sponsorship money is collected in.
The event went really well, even through gale force winds.Nadine Page
Elliot dressed as Robin for the event, while his older brother, Dominic, five, was Batman.
Nadine, said: “The event went really well, even through gale force winds.”
The mum-of-two, said the family has raised £16,000 since the toddle last year, while friends have raised more than £2,000 through holding their own events and the BE Group, where Nadine works, has chosen the CF Trust as its charity this year, and has so far raised £1,270 through events such as bake sales, dress down days and taking part in the Wearslide.
Cystic fibrosis, which is an inherited disease affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK, causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with a thick, sticky mucus, causing serious problems as time goes by and often leading to the need for a lung transplant.
n Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/CFToddle2015.