Kind Will, 10, tack­les marathon for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AY­OUNG run­ner is com­plet­ing a marathon in aid of a char­ity set up by his un­cle af­ter an accident left him paral­ysed.

Will Net­tle is just 10 years old but has chal­lenged him­self to cover 26 miles in a month in aid of the Eley Foun­da­tion, which helps Colom­bian street chil­dren.

Will, who at­tends Puss Bank School, chose the char­ity be­cause it was set up by his dad’s cousin Dan Eley.

Dan was work­ing in Colom­bia help­ing street chil­dren when he was paral­ysed from the neck down in a div­ing accident.

Af­ter an on­line cam- paign raised £90,000 to bring him home to Guild­ford in Sur­rey and a year in hos­pi­tal he launched the foun­da­tion to help chil­dren liv­ing in poverty in Columbia to get ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to be­come in­de­pen­dent.

Will’s dad Jim, a park ranger at Lady­bower Reser­voir, took part in the Born Sur­vivor event at Capesthorne Hall ear­lier this year for the char­ity and this in­spired Will to do some fundrais­ing too.

Will is do­ing the marathon a lit­tle bit a time, notch­ing up miles at park runs in Wilm­slow, as well as loops from his home on Ec­ton Av­enue, Mac­cles­field.

Will said: “I want to raise money for the foun­da­tion as it helps chil­dren in Columbia who don’t have much to get the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing they need. I love run­ning and want to run a marathon.

“Be­cause I’m 10 I can’t do it all at once, in­stead I’m go­ing to do it in a month. I’m aim­ing to do it in a couple of weeks but am giv­ing it a month just in case.

“Dan is my dad’s cousin and I’m really proud to be re­lated to him.”

Dad Jim, 38, who is mar­ried to Holly and is also dad to Ol­lie, seven, said: “We are quite an en­er­getic fam­ily and do the park runs to­gether on a Satur­day.

“I’m im­mensely proud of Will do­ing this for Dan’s char­ity. It was an aw­ful time for my cousin who had an accident in a la­goon in Colom­bia. He was on death’s door and it was such a re­mote place we had to raise £90,000 to bring him home.

“He spent a year in hos­pi­tal com­ing to terms with never walk­ing again but has made some good progress and can now move his arm us­ing his neck and shoul­der mus­cles.

“It’s been amaz­ing what he’s achieved with the char­ity af­ter the accident and I’m proud Will is do­ing his bit to help too.”

Do­nate at my­do­nate.bt. com/fundrais­ers/jim­net­tle1.

●● Will af­ter com­plet­ing the Ul­ti­mate War­rior ju­nior ob­sta­cle course at Born Sur­vivor week­end

●● Will with dad Jim, mum Holly and younger brother Ol­lie at the Tees Pride 10k

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