11th Aug, 2020

Ten-year-old runs marathon in memory of grandad

Laura Kearns 20th Jun, 2020

A YOUNGSTER has pulled on his running shoes to take on a virtual marathon in memory of his grandad.

Max Smith from Stratford has run the equivalent of a marathon with his mum Hannah to raise money for lung cancer charity Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

It comes after his grandad Mike lost a battle with the disease six months after he was diagnosed in May 2019.

Hannah said: “Max adored his grandpa. Max would always seek him out and talk to him for hours about the things going on in his life. Max particularly loved helping him at the allotment and his grandpa taught him all sorts of gardening skills.

“Max wanted to raise money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because it funds research into early detection, which is the key to surviving the disease. We found out about dad’s condition too late but early detection could give others a better chance of survival and let other grandpas watch their grandchildren grow up for years and years to come.”

And even though Max has completed his target, he is continuing to run in a bid to keep raising money.

Hannah added: “It’s been a difficult six months since dad died and the situation we’re all in now is crazy but I think we will look back on our runs, and this time together, with such happy memories. I

“’m so proud of Max and I know his Grandpa would be too.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/max-runs-for-grandpa to donate.

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