Bexley 10-year-olds to run 5K for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:23 10 December 2010

Henry and his friend Josh pictures

Henry and his friend Josh pictures


Two 10-year-old best friends will dress in Father Christmas outfits to run 5K for charity after their run was cancelled because of snow.

Henry Summers, of Wansunt Road, Bexley, and Josh Coleman, of Danson Mead, Welling, have known each other since they were 10 weeks old and have so far raised a staggering £1,800 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The pair were set to run in the Santa Dash in Greenich Park on December 5, but it was cancelled because of snow on the ground.

It has only spurred on the two determined friends to take part in the run this Sunday (18) in Danson Park, Welling, where they will don their Santa outfits and run the five km alone.

Henry’s mother, Michelle Summers, 35, said: “They were really disappointed because they were really looking forward to it.

“We had banners and everything to support them. Henry dropped notes through neighbours mail boxes asking for donations.

“We had bags of coins arriving at our door and lots of people wishing him well.”

Two thousand people were due to participate in the Santa dash in Greenwich Park and the two friends would have been among the youngest taking part.

Mrs Summers added that it was amazing that the boys were so enthusiastic about raising money for the charity after a family friend was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease which has no cure.

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