Friends of an inspirational fundraising schoolboy who died of cancer wore onesies for a sponsored run around the Keepmoat Stadium in memory of their pal.
Brave Liam Dunne, from Balby, raised thousands of pounds for children’s charities while undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
A group of 32 youngsters zipped up their onesies for a jog around the pitch during half time at the Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday game on Saturday afternoon.
Their efforts are expected to have raised more than £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where Liam spent some of his final days before his death aged 12 in May last year.
Liam’s mum, Joanne Hobson, said: “Liam would have been amazed at the turnout and that they are all still carrying on his charity work. He is up there smiling.”
She told how family and friends arranged the event as the club organised for Rovers’ player Rob Jones to visit Liam while he was undergoing treatment.
The Doncaster Rovers fan also loved onesies, so pals decided to combine the two.
She added: “Bluebell Wood arranged for Rob Jones to make a surprise visit to see Liam at home. Not only did Rob come to see Liam but, as Doncaster Rovers had just been crowned the champions of League One, he also brought the league trophy with him.
“Liam was so surprised and in awe of Rob, it brought a huge smile to his face and made him forget the pain that he was in, even if it was only for a short amount of time. We are so grateful to Bluebell Wood for arranging the visit and to Rob for taking the time out of his schedule to make the dreams of one boy come true.”
His auntie Michelle Hobson, aged 36, who runs The Staff of Life pub in Doncaster, said: “Liam was a real inspiration to us all. He was so brave while he was going through his cancer treatment. Even at such a young age, he wanted to raise money and awareness to help other young people who were ill.
“His friends wanted to pay tribute to him and this is also a way of keeping his memory alive.”
Anna Gott, fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “The Onesie Day was an amazing way to honour his memory.”