A Driffield school pupil, who lost his mum to cancer nearly three years ago, has signed up to his third charity run to raise further funds to help fight the disease. His local Specsavers opticians is one of a number of businesses to show their support and champion his fundraising efforts.
Thomas Thompson, 15, has already raised in excess of £1,000 by running the 5K race at Roundhay Park, Leeds, in which he finished 6th out of more than 300 runners. His second race was another 5k run at Roundhay Park, and next he will be stepping it up a notch by running the 10k Great Manchester Run in May 2015.
'Proud doesn't come close'
His father Aubrey said: ‘Proud doesn’t come close to how I feel about Thomas. What he has achieved these last few months has been absolutely phenomenal. He was never a runner or particularly interested in sport but a few months after his mum died he said he was off for a run and hasn’t stopped running since – he’s a bit like Driffield’s equivalent to Forrest Gump!
‘Grief affects us all in different ways but running seems to be really helping Thomas deal with his mum’s death. It will be three years this Christmas since his mum died so this time of year is particularly difficult, as a result his running is a real focus right now.
‘Thomas has been in touch with local businesses in the area and arranged one fundraising day to date but more are in the pipeline. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support they have shown him – it really does mean the world to him.’
Specsavers frames up for grabs on fundraising days
One such business to show its support is Specsavers. The team from the Driffield store has promised to donate designer frames for his fundraising days and invited Thomas in for a health check last week to ensure his vision was in tip top condition.
Sadie Wike, retail manager at Driffield Specsavers, confirmed: ‘Thomas is an absolute inspiration and we felt compelled to champion his efforts. He came in last week for us to check his eyesight to ensure he firmly had his eye on the finish line.’
Thomas’ mission is to raise money for a range of local cancer charities. To date he has focused his efforts on Children with Cancer UK and Prostate Cancer UK. The Manchester race will be in aid of Click Sargent.