Runners raise a massive £25,000 for children’s cancer charity

Henfield 777 marathon team Picture Mike Beardall
Henfield 777 marathon team Picture Mike Beardall
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HENFIELD fundraisers have achieved £25,000 following seven days of marathons, resulting in major support for a children’s cancer charity and the village leisure centre.

More than 140 people ran marathons at Henfield Leisure Centre in a massive initiative to raise maximum funds- and three Henfield runners each ran seven marathons in seven days.

Henfield business owner, Samantha Bremner of Golden Square Chiropody Clinic and postmen Malcolm Lane and Tim Jones raised almost £7,000 alone. The three were joined on various days by 28 other teams and solo runners, or walkers, to raise the massive total.

Seventy percent of the money will go to CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity, and 30 percent to Henfield Leisure Centre.

Local companies taking part included Rushfields Nurseries (Poynings), Towers Watson (of Burgess Hill), Capital International (of Burgess Hill) and Peewees Hair Shops (of Brighton). Henfield Football Club ladies team also took part.

Organiser Tracey Prescott, Samantha’s sister, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support we received and we have to give a massive thanks to all those who took part in marathons and fundraising activities.

“The result was way beyond our hopes and it was an awesome effort by so many.”

She and Tracey were sparked into action by the plight of their nephew, Ashton Hayne, who is six and was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. He is half way through his treatment.

His father Martin Hayne and mum Michelle also ran a treadmill team marathon.

And one of their friends, Brighton-born Donna Stephenson (29), did an ‘Iron Man’ event on March 28 - and will be in action again raising money by running in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday.

The Iron Man consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon, all in the same day.

Runners celebrated following the seven days of marathons with an auction and a raffle and celebrity guest Jack the Lad, the Heart FM breakfast presenter, who lives in Henfield. Brighton and Hove Albion FC players also sent messages of support and provided mascot Gully and The Gully Girls during the week.

This group of local people involved wants to make a difference by contributing how it can to support children with cancer.

The original objective had been to raise £21,000 and the seven-strong committee is delighted with the result of the 777 event but it urging people to continue contributing to this vital cause.

The seven volunteers are Samantha Bremner, her sister Tracey Prescott, Henfield Leisure Centre committee member Paul Newbatt, local businesswoman, Angelina Andrews, leisure centre personal trainer Paul Newbatt, business woman Angelina Andrews, leisure centre personal trainer Matt Chard,

dedicated runner Malcolm Lane and Martin Hayne, who is Ashton’s dad and brother of Samantha and Tracey.

Martin and Michelle said: “When we were first told that Ashton had leukaemia, our world fell apart. We were shattered, and felt helpless and bewildered. We are both lucky to have very supportive families providing us with much needed emotional support, but when it came to how we would cope with an illness like leukaemia, that’s where CLIC Sargent stepped in.”

Every day 10 families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the only charity offering them care and support. You can still donate on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.co./team/777fundraising.