A TEN-year-old boy from East Cornwall will be taking on a challenge some would deem too great for many fit adults — running 30 miles in a bid to raise money for a worthy cause. Leighton Howe, from Delaware, took the initiative to do something to raise funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, after finding out his father's friend suffers with the disease. Leighton, who attends Delaware Primary School, will be running the 30 miles over two days in August, starting in Torpoint and finishing in Fowey. A keen runner, Leighton is a member of Tavistock Athletic Club and goes out running everyday in preparation for his challenge with his father Craig and his good friend 11-year-old Tilly McDowell. He has also had some advice from Tavistock long distance runner Adam Holland. Leighton's mother Marie said she was incredibly proud of her son for taking on such a challenge. 'Leighton was born with problems eleven weeks early and now has dyspraxia and uses inhalers, but these things have made him more focused and driven. Once he gets a challenge into his head he will get on and do it,' said Marie. 'MNDA has been wonderful and has given Leighton lots of training t-shirts, which the three of them have on when they go out. 'He was inspired to run for MNDA as my husband's friend, Milo Hunkins from Calstock, who is known by so many people, found out he had the disease a couple of years ago.' The MNDA provides care and support for people with MND and their carers and funds vital research into causes, treatments and cures for the disease. The charity relies totally on voluntary donations. Leighton was hoping to raise around £300 before his August challenge but has already surpassed that amount, with £855 pledged so far. He is now keen to raise as much money as he can before his mammoth task. 'I am so, so proud of him,' said Marie. 'I know that his sister Leah and three brothers Ethan, Mason and Brody are also very proud of him. 'He trains so hard with his dad everyday and his siblings have been trying to help out where they can. 'I don't think I could be any prouder of him. He is doing such a wonderful job and he just takes it all in his stride!' Anyone who would like to support Leighton in his 30-mile run can do so by using the sponsorship forms at the fish and chip shop at Pearce's Garage in Gunnislake or at Active Co sports shop in Tavistock, or online at http://www.justgiving.com/leighton-howe10">www.justgiving.com/leighton-howe10
Leighton puts his best foot forward
Tuesday 13th May 2014 10:00 pm
Leighton Howe is pictured centre with acting executive head Lynn Nash and school friends. Picture by James Bird.
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