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By Mariam Ghaemi
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
FAMILIES are being urged to take part in a charity fundraiser which is specifically aimed at children.
Little Legs for Life, which is affiliated with Cancer Research UK, in Bury St Edmunds, was hailed a success last year after more than £6,000 was raised for the cancer charity.
The event involves youngsters aged up to 12 walking or running around a designated track as many times as they like – all taking away a medal and certificate. Families are encouraged to bring picnics and there is a wide range of attractions such as a bouncy castle and stalls.
More than 150 children took part in last year’s inaugural event at Nowton Park, on the outskirts of Bury.
This year’s Little Legs for Life is at the Moreton Hall Community Centre on Saturday, September 1, and is in memory of Cloe Gibney, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year aged 31.
Catherine Sheppard launched the Bury Little Legs for Life last year with the help of Miss Gibney, of Bury, who was one of her closest friends, her aunt Ann Sheppard and another friend, Gemma Partridge.
Miss Sheppard said Cloe was “incredibly brave throughout her battle against the disease”.
She added: “Cloe was a great inspiration to anyone and she showed dignity and sheer determination which is why we all feel it important to let her name live on. She is greatly missed by all.”
Miss Sheppard will be at the Arc shopping centre today from about 11am with Miss Gibney’s mother Cindy and sister-in-law Rachael to promote the event.
People can sign up there or download an entry form from the event’s website www.littlelegsforlifebse.co.uk
While aimed at children, families can also take part in the walk/run.
Miss Sheppard said this year’s event would be as big as last year’s if not bigger and added that there were some new attractions this year, including live music.