Heroic walk to net thousands for charity

Tom's Trust
Tom Whiteley: Charity in his memory Photo: Deborah Whiteley

A charity set up in memory of a young cancer sufferer has raised more than £100,000 in its first year.

Now volunteers are hoping to raise thousands more after walking from the home of Manchester United to Cambridge.

Tom's Trust was set up by the family of Tom Whiteley after the nine-year-old lost his fight against a brain tumour.

Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy in a bid to beat the disease. Tom died in November 2010.

The charity is raising cash for Addenbrookes Hospital in order to provide specialist support for children with brain tumours. The charity wants to ensure that a clinical psychologist is on hand to support children with brain tumours and their families throughout treatment and beyond.

The charity marked its first anniversary last week having raised £100,000 for the hospital. Now Tom's dad Andrew, his former teacher Ed Gough and Stuart Osborne are hoping to add thousands more to the total through a sponsored walk.

The trio will today complete a marathon nine-day walk from Old Trafford - home of Tom's favourite football team, Manchester United - to St Faith's School, Cambridge. A trip of more than 200 miles. The walkers hope to raise £10,000 from the walk.

The group are due to arrive in Cambridge later this afternoon and will be met by Tom's mum Deborah and his sisters to walk the final few miles.

There's still time to sponsor the walkers. To make a donation click here.