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Royal Wootton Bassett boys tough it out to finish charity walk
8:30pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
YOUNG brothers Tyler and Finley Litton doggedly completed their challenge of an eight-mile sponsored walk on Sunday, even though it took them five-and-a-half hours to complete it.
All of the other walkers had long since finished the Miles for Macmillan walk at the Bowood country estate, near Calne, but the brothers, who are aged five and three, were not put off.
They were inspired to fundraise after hearing about their grandmother’s friend Jackie Jordan, 55, who lives near them in Royal Wootton Bassett, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Parents Aimee and Matt Litton went round with the boys on the day and said that, apart from a 15-minute lunch break, the boys kept going and were determined to reach the finish line.
Mrs Litton, 29, said: “There was a shortcut that people took and the boys were offered the chance to go too, but they didn’t want to.
“Everyone else had gone, but they left out the finish line for us. They put the tape back across, so when the boys saw it they ran for it.
“It took over five hours, which was quite good for a five and a three-year-old. They said their feet were hurting, but they weren’t that bad.”
The Miles for Macmillan walk was part of a national campaign, which saw thousands of fundraisers taking part in walks across the country on the same day.
Walkers were challenged to raise £150 or more and all paid a sign-up fee of £10.
The boys had hoped to raise £150, but so far they have reached £600, with more coming in.
Sarah Elliott, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Swindon and Wiltshire, said: “It was a brilliant day, with many wonderful supporters joining in, creating a great atmosphere in beautiful Bowood’s Estate.”
To sponsor the boys go to www.justgiving.com\aimee-litton 100
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