Taking on the big race for little Kieren

Stephen Brooker is to tackle the Eastbourne Half Marathon
Stephen Brooker is to tackle the Eastbourne Half Marathon

AN EASTBOURNE man touched by the plight of a dying six-year-old boy is going to run the town’s Half Marathon to raise money to send him on a final surprise holiday.

Bricklayer Stephen Brooker vowed to do the sponsored run after meeting Kieren Browning who has an inoperable brain tumour.

Little Kieren, of Whitley Road, was given just six months to live last year and his parents Nick and Vickie began making all his dying wishes come true.

With the help of local charities, he met his favourite band JLS, was a fireman for the day and went to Disneyland Paris.

Now Mr Brooker, 53, wants to help send the brave youngster back to the theme park for a last visit with his parents and little brother Jayden, three.

“I was humbled when I met Kieren – he really is an inspiration,’ he said. “He chatted about JLS and football and is the happiest little boy in the world.

“It’s heartbreaking to know his condition is terminal and that he’s running out of time.

“I vowed to do something to try and make a difference so I asked a friend of mine in the Eastbourne Fire Service to organise for Kieren to go there for the day.

“But I wanted to do more so I’m going to do the 13-mile run to raise money for a surprise trip back to Disneyland Paris.

“I’ve had a t-shirt made with Kieren’s face and name on and am training hard as I want to finish in two hours and raise as much money as possible for a brave little boy.”

Mr Brooker, of Bathford Close, Langney, would like to appeal for other runners to join him in raising money for Kieren.

If you’d like to run with him at the Eastbourne Half Marathon taking place on March 6 or make a donation please call him on 07752390384.