Runners foot funds to give charity a boost

Meads Runners held a Festive Fun Run along the promenade from Holywell to Fusciardi Ice Craem Parlour and back in aid of the Ben McNicol Trust. November 23rd 2013 E48003P

Meads Runners held a Festive Fun Run along the promenade from Holywell to Fusciardi Ice Craem Parlour and back in aid of the Ben McNicol Trust. November 23rd 2013 E48003P

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A charity set up in memory of an Eastbourne schoolboy who died last year is in the running for a cash boost following a fundraiser at the weekend.

Fundraisers put their best foot forward on Saturday to raise funds for the Ben McNicol Trust and around 135 people set off from Holywell to Fusciardi Ice Cream Parlour and back in aid of the cause.

Ben was six when he died in May last year, two days after complaining of headaches.The year before on December 23 he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent surgery at King’s College Hospital in London which was successful. Treatment, including six weeks of radiotherapy, followed but despite a good initial prognosis the tumour returned. His parents Roddy and Emma-Jane McNicol went on to set up the Ben McNicol Trust which is a registered charity with the aim of buying a property in Sutton for children undergoing treatment for cancer and their families from the south east to stay in while undergoing treatment. They were inspired after the local community said they wanted to do something to help.

The 5k Festive Fun Run was organised and sponsored by Meads Runners.

Tracy McGregor-Duke, club secretary of Meads Runners, said, “We’ve raised £1,600 so far with money still coming in. It’s for a really good cause and it’s so well supported by the local community. We’re now going to make the fun run an annual event.”

Every penny raised from the events has gone to the charity and a number of local schools and groups have been supporting the cause.

Mrs McNicol said the support was ‘absolutely fantastic’, and said, “It’s all down to the fact Ben was a lovely, little boy”, adding, “We’ve had a lot of good positive feedback from the race, it was specifically to raise money for the Ben McNicol Trust and there’s a lot more activities in the pipeline.”

For more information visit: www.benmcnicoltrust.com