Like most charities Abby’s Heroes, a local Hampshire children’s cancer charity has been severely impacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic as all fundraising events are on hold. The charity was due to have nearly 130 runners take part in the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k at the end of April which would have brought in significant and vital funds for the charity.
As a result of it being postponed, the charity joined in the national 2.6 Challenge to help them through the current crisis and beyond. The event challenged supporters to take on an event around the numbers 2.6 or 26 (with appropriate social distancing!) and there were lots of exciting events such as a 3 legged walk by CEO Sally Randall and her husband, 260 laps of a supporters garden or 26 burpees.
However the star of the campaign was 9 year old Reggy Ford who ran a mile a day for 26 days and raised over £1800. Reggy is the cousin of Abby Randall, who the charity was named after following her death in May 2016. Reggy’s mum, Lorna explained the run came about as they were thinking how to keep his fitness up with no school or football every week due to the current situation.
‘I run often and Reggy always says he would like to come. So I suggested he run a mile with me most days. We saw the 2.6 Challenge and Reggy asked if he could run a marathon for Abby’s Heroes. With that, we thought that’s perfect way to keep fit and raise awareness for a fantastic charity so close to all our heart’s. We never imagined he would raise £1,820 (so far! ).’
Reggy was totally committed and just kept going for the whole 26 days. He is very proud of himself knowing his support has ‘helped the poorly children’. Mum Lorna says
‘His smile on the last mile when family, friends and neighbours came out to cheer him on was priceless and he wants to carry on running.’
‘We are so very proud anytime anyone raises money for Abby’s Heroes, but when it is your own nephew, Abby’s cousin, our hearts could simply burst! Reggy has raised such a staggering amount of money that will support families when their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Keep running Reggy’
Abby’s Heroes exists because when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it has a devastating impact of the physical, financial and emotional health and wellbeing of the whole family, both during and after treatment and beyond. To assist with this, it supports families with a range of practical measures and programmes and providing support services to the hospital working to care, treat and support the children. This comprises of two Units at University Hospital Southampton – the Piam Brown Ward which is the Regional Centre for Paediatric Oncology and Haematology for under 18’s and the Teenage and Young Adult Unit (up to age of 24 at time of diagnosis) which both cover the Wessex area. This extensive geographical area provides treatment for children living in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Dorset, West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands.