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Charity: Farnley family to walk a marathon – with a difference

A Farnley family is set to walk a marathon for charity – but on a treadmill instead of the open road.

The eight-strong Thompsons are raising money for Candelighters in memory of daughter Summer Rose, who lost her battle to AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) aged two-and-a-half in November 2017.

Posting on their Justgiving page, the family said:

“We’re doing it to help the lovely lot at Candlelighters because even in these hard times they’ve checked on us, done crafts with us, challenged us with a fabulous quiz, we’ve had virtual picnics and virtual cafes, and they’ve kept us entertained.

“We’ve also had virtual talking therapy with the girls, if and when they’ve needed.

“We will always be forever grateful for the fabulous Candlelighters  and what they have done for us since January 2017. And they’re still there for us to this day.”

They’re doing the event as part of the 2.6 Challenge, which is helping to support the UK’s charities during the Coronavirus crisis.

It runs on 26 April and can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends, all while social distancing and staying at home. 

You can donate to the Thompson’s 2.6 challenge here.

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The Thompson family also had a Big Night In to raise money earlier this month. Photo: Candlelighters

Earlier this month the Thompsons took part in a Big Night In for Candlelighters.

Mum Becky Thompson said:

“Candlelighters have been a vital support to our whole family throughout Summer’s treatment, and after she sadly passed away too. Families are going to need Candlelighters more than ever to get through the next few months in isolation.

“They might feel alone, scared and vulnerable, but the support Candlelighters are hoping to provide would make the world of difference.”

Summer’s sister, Chloe, was last year awarded one of the highest Scouting honours – a Scouting Medal for Meritorious Conduct. The award recognised her actions on behalf of her little sister, when she donated stem cells in a bid to save her.

Chloe is pictured at the top of the page, with Summer.#

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