Heptathlete inspires five-year-old cancer sufferer to join fun run

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A BRAVE five-year-old is set to take on a charity run in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity this Sunday.

Darwin Hutchinson, from Wickersley in Rotherham, volunteered for the 3k run to raise cash for the hospital where he has been treated, after being inspired by Olympic gold hopeful Jessica Ennis.

The youngster, who has endured 15 courses of intensive chemotherapy and 30 lots of radiotherapy since being diagnosed last summer, is determined to complete the fun run which is talking part as part of this Sunday’s Sheffield Half Marathon.

He said he was “feeling well” and added: “The hospital have been really kind to me.”

Darwin’s mother Angela Hutchinson said he had been inspired to take part by a poster featuring Olympic medal hopeful Jessica Ennis.

She said: “There are posters up all over Sheffield with Jessica and a little boy saying ‘run with us.’

“Darwin saw the picture on the side of the hospital and said, ‘Mummy what does that say, is that boy from the hospital too?’

“Darwin knows that it takes donations to provide medical equipment, to fund research and also give the children on the wards some really good experiences.”

Darwin has already raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship and his decision to join this weekend’s challenge has inspired his family to take part.

The schoolboy will be running alongside his father Gavin Hutchinson and his best friend Sammy Hush, also five.

Meanwhile, Mrs Hutchinson, her mother, and her 16-year-old daughter Amelia will raise more cash for the hospital charity through running the 13.1 mile half marathon course.

Mrs Hutchinson added: “Being in this situation inspires you not just to think about doing things, but to get on and do them today.”