A marathon amount of money for Harrison

Christine Bate completed a half marathon in Palma in Harrison Ledsham's memory for Bone Cancer Research Trust
Christine Bate completed a half marathon in Palma in Harrison Ledsham's memory for Bone Cancer Research Trust
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A month of fund-raising in memory of a schoolboy who died of bone cancer has raised more than £1,600.

As part of a drive to raise awareness of the illness, Karen Ledsham whose 12-year-old son Harrison, died in May following a year-long battle with primary bone cancer, has been fund-raising and collecting donations for Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Karen, of Haydock, had made and sold gold crochet ribbons, which raised £520.

AIM, an amputee charity which supported Harrison when he lost his leg last summer following an osteosarcoma tumour, had donated £100 from selling sunflower seeds to plant in his memory and his karate group, Goju Ryu, in Garswood, raised £781.

Karen said: “It is lovely that so many people have supported our drive to raise money, but it is bittersweet after losing Harrison. But if we can just help save someone’s life then it is worthwhile.

“Bone Cancer Trust is a small charity compared to the other ones, so this is money well spent.

Harrison Ledsham

Harrison Ledsham

“As a result of recent donations the charity has been able to take on some exciting projects including paying for two new doctors to help with research, which could lead to a break-through.”

Meanwhile, family friend Christine Bate, completed a half marathon in Palma De Mallorca for Bone Cancer Research Trust.

The 65-year-old grandmother of three used to work with 12-year-old Harrison’s dad, Paul, and wanted to help support their fund-raising.

Christine has also suffered her own personal tragedy as her husband, Adrian, died last year of prostate cancer, aged 69.

It is lovely that so many people have supported our drive to raise money, but it is bittersweet after losing Harrison

Karen Ledsham

She said: “I completed the half marathon in 2 hours 21 minutes, my personal best. I am pleased with myself as I put a lot of pressure on myself as I didn’t want to let anyone down.

“It was very hot, but because I had put the training in I found it relatively easy and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t got all the money back but I am looking at £900.

“Harrison’s parents, Karen and Paul, kept in touch with me and it would have been Harrison’s 13th birthday the week before I ran, which was poignant.”