Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s Superman, Batman, Spiderman and scores more superheroes working in tandem by pounding through the streets of Doncaster to come to the rescue of a sick youngster.
A string of big-hearted runners gave up their Sunday morning to take on a 10-mile charity race in aid of Intake tot Alfie Hughes who is suffering from a rare form of cancer.
Across Doncaster, residents were met with the strange sight of lyrca-clad movie heroes making their way from Sandall Beat Woods to Alfie’s family home in Warwick Road, Intake.
The fun runners were helping to raise hundreds of pounds for the three-year-old youngster, who was diagnosed with the condition in October.
Alfie is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and money raised by the event will be split between the hospital’s cancer ward and a fundraising trip to take Alfie to Peppa Pig World – the character is the youngster’s television favourite. Dad Marcus Hughes, 26, said he and partner Claire Jephcott, also 26, had been overwhelmed with the support and generosity of locals who have rallied round to the youngster’s cause by organising a string of fundraising charity events.
He said: “The reaction from the community has been amazing. We didn’t expect any of it or people to come together and help us the way they have. It is helping us and it is helping Alfie too.”
Race organisers Gemma Mulholland said the event had only been dreamed up six weeks ago and so runners had only had a little time to prepare to get themselves in shape for the gruelling challenge.
She said: “Alfie has been really excited.
“He loves all his superheroes and he was looking forward to them all coming back to see him at his house. We had to fit in the run around his chemotherapy and we’re so pleased so many people have given up their time and effort to raise money for him.”
Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s chipped in with water, while Doncaster fancy dress shops Alias and Fantazy Dress provided costumes with Quicksteps Trophies and Geoff Happs Trophies providing prizes.
FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN SPREADS THE WORD
Nearly 9,000 people have joined brave Alfie’s fight against cancer though a fundraising Facebook group.
The Team Alfie Facebook group was set up in response to Alfie’s diagnosis and since then has gained more than 8,000 members and organised several fundraising events and auctions.
Family friends Kadie Davies and Amy Walker set up the Facebook group and spend hours every day co-ordinating the fundraising.
Amy says the group intends to raise money for private treatment for Alfie, and ‘anything else he needs.‘
For more details on the group and to find out how to get involved, search for Team Alfie on Facebook.