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Barking Parkrun welcomes charity runners

Emdad Rahman:

The second coming of the Beast from the East still could not freeze the spirits as determined runners defied the extreme cold weather to take part in their weekly parkrun.

As part of a mass awareness drive Liverpudlians John Hammond and Dave Huyton visited Barking parkrun, London as part of running four marathons in four days to raise much needed funds for Kaleigh’s Trust and DIPG awareness.

Hammond had already completed Belfast and Southampton before London and following on the duo finish their challenge in East Lothian, Scotland.

He said: “It’s a tremendous honour and the welcome from the people has been like nothing else. I ran the first marathon in Northern Ireland for Cameron on Thursday and was in Southampton to run for Zoe yesterday. Today it is London for Kaleigh and then on Sunday it is up to Scotland to run for Luke. Any donations no matter how small would be massively appreciated.”

DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma also known as ‘DIPG’ is the second most common type of primary, high grade brain tumour in children.

Fellow Liverpudlian Huyton who is running with Hammond added: It’s an honour to be a part of this. The fact that our running is raising awareness of DIPG makes this all worthwhile and the warmth and welcome at Barking Park has been simply tremendous.”

The cause of brain tumours, including DIPG, is not yet known.

Scott Lau from Team Kaleigh concluded: “We are just immensely grateful and proud of what these guys are doing. We are full of awe – This is the epitome of humanity.”

Both Hammond and Huyton are being supported on their London run by Harmandar Singh, Louise Chappell, Scott Lau, Jason Li, Krisztina Maroti, Emdad Rahman, Zsolt Maroti amongst others.

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All money raised will be split between 6 children currently fighting DIPG in Mexico.

Kaleigh Lau – #teamkaleigh

Edie Molyneux – #fight4edie

Lucy Moroney – #helplucy

Cameron Truesdale – #cure4camfund

Luke Stewart – #helpluke

Zoé Donneaud – #tousaveczoé

Donations are welcome. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Hammo76

Kayleigh’s Trust has been setup to highlight the battle of Kaleigh Lau, who is currently fighting against a cancer known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  The Trust is a platform to provide updates on Kaleigh’s progress and to also share experiences which may help others who may be going through something similar.