BOYS from a youth football team have completed a mud run in a bid to raise funds for a children’s charity after one of their players was diagnosed with cancer.

West Worcester Under 8’s were inspired to take on the 1.5km run after one of their player’s, a seven-year-old boy from Worcester, was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.

The team took on the run at Eastnor Castle, in Ledbury, raising £1,500 for the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.

Eight of the players took part in the mud run on October 13.

Football manager Jamie Paul, who ran the 10k along with two other dads, said: “I’m really proud of all the boys that completed the mud run in support of a very courageous and brave boy who we all pray makes a full recovery.”

Mum to one of the players, Kayleigh Williams, said: “We think this was absolutely amazing for a group of seven and eight-year olds. The boys took it in their stride and had a really enjoyable day all for a great cause and so selfless. The boys not only trained normally on Friday, played a game Saturday and won, but then took on the challenge of completing the mud runner.”


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A charity rugby match last week raised £30,120 for seriously ill Oscar Saxelby-Lee, who also has leukaemia. The match was jointly organised by Warriors and West Mercia Police at Sixways.

The proceeds from the Help for Oscar evening included gate receipts, bar profits - Greene King supplied a range of drinks free of charge - bucket collections, a raffle, a silent auction and a range of other fund-raising activities.

The Hand in Hand for Oscar appeal has already surpassed the initial target of £500,000 with his family deciding that up to £600,000 would be used for potential treatment. The remaining money will g o to the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust to fund research into Oscar's type of leukaemia.

Oscar attended the match with his parents and met Warriors players Dean Hammond, Farai Mudariki and Justin Clegg.

Managing director Peter Kelly said: “Oscar’s story and bravery have touched so many people. We were delighted that Oscar and his parents were able to attend last week’s match to share the evening with us. Oscar is in all our thoughts and we hope that his story will have a happy ending.”