Fun runners raise thousands for hearing dogs - now they want to help Jamie’s fund

Leighton Fun runners announce funds raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Leighton Fun runners announce funds raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

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Almost £6,000 has been raised by the Leighton Fun Runners for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The club has almost doubled its total of previous years, collecting £5,693.45.

Leighton Fun Runners celebrate fundraising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

Leighton Fun Runners celebrate fundraising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

Throughout the year, proceeds have been raised through the sellout Leighton 10k race, contributions from its popular couch-to-5k beginners running course and monthly charity evenings at the club.

Lisa Bishop, community fundraising manager for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People said: “The Leighton Fun Runners have raised a fantastic amount which will be used to support the training of one of our Hearing Dog puppies. We receive no government funding, so fundraising by groups like this is vital to ensure that we can train even more wonderful Hearing Dogs.”

This year, the club has chosen to support Jamie’s Rhythm of Life Brain Tumor Foundation, a charity set up by a family from Sandhills, Leighton Buzzard following the loss of their 11-year-old son earlier this year.

Jamie Tipler, who was originally given only weeks to live, died on January 28 after a brave two-year battle.

It was his wish that children continue to enjoy their birthdays wherever they were and so he created Jamie’s Rhythm of Life, picking the name because he was crazy about drumming.

Jamie’s cheeky grin lit up the children’s ward for nearly two years while he was in and out of hospital for treatment.

The only time he felt sad was when he saw what a struggle it was for parents to make their children’s birthdays a special occasion in a cancer ward.

The aim is to provide a birthday balloon in a box, together with a small gift of Lego or a cuddly toy, for every child being treated for cancer at the specialist oncology ward at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

John Radcliffe treats between 200 and 250 local youngsters a year for cancer and the Tiplers estimate they will need to raise up to £3,000 a year to buy enough balloon and gifts.

Donate through www.jamiesrhythmoflife.org.uk and visit http://leightonfunrunners.org.uk/home.html