Hornchurch grandmother holds street relay for grandson with cerebral palsy
PUBLISHED: 16:56 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:56 16 September 2014
Cartoon characters made an appearance at a charity run held to help a boy walk unaided.
The Relay For Ronnie event was organised by Linda Driscoll, 57, of Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, for her grandson Ronnie Foster, seven, of Benfleet, who has cerebral palsy and needs to use walking frame.
Sunday’s event saw about 50 friends, colleagues and neighbours, run laps of her street, raising more than £1,000.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse costumes were donated by the godmother of four-year-old Freddy Hazelwood, of Hornchurch - another boy who has cerebral palsy - after she read Ronnie’s story in the Recorder.
Participants ran the equivalent of eight marathons between them.
Linda said: “It was wonderful - lots and lots of people turned up and Ronnie was really excited.
“He’s really grateful and he knows what it’s all for. It’s just fantastic how generous people are.”
The Northern Trust Bank - where Ronnie’s dad works - is pledging another £1,000 to Ronnie’s cause.
The family is now past the half way mark to a £20,000 target, which will be used for Ronnie’s aftercare after he undergoes a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation in March next year.
Visit justgiving.com/ronnieswishtowalk to donate.