Ed Potts - marathon for Wistaston boy Georgy Capener

A fund to support a Wistaston boy suffering from a rare form of bone cancer has been given a £2,000 boost thanks to a novice Nantwich runner!

Ed Potts began training for the London Marathon earlier this year and when the event was cancelled due to Covid he ran around South Cheshire instead to raise money for Georgy Capener.

Ed was sponsored by Ken Lawton, owner of the company based on Crewe Business Park, and managed to raise an impressive £2,000.

Ed, who works with Georgy’s dad Richard at Chromalloy in Crewe, sprinted round Acton, Haughton, Spurstow, Peckforton, Beeston, Bunbury, Alpraham, Calveley, Poole and Reasheath to notch up 26.2 miles in four hours and 10 minutes.

Georgy was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2018 and the family needs to raise more than £200,000 for treatment abroad.

Ed, 37, said: ” I was touched by his story and wanted to do what I could to give towards the £240,000 needed for treatment.

“I contacted my friend Ken who offered me his full support and generosity in sponsoring me and providing my running vests.

“I’ve known Ken many years and his positive mental mind-set and advice helped empower me to succeed.

“My training schedule kicked off with a two mile run building up to six miles four times a week.

“I was relatively injury free apart from losing toe nails and blisters and the week before I suffered a severe calf strain.

“My wife was worried but I told her only a broken leg would stop me so it was great to get my first marathon under my belt and raise a sizeable sum thanks to Ken.”

Ed joined with Ken in presenting the funds to Georgy and his mum Helen.

With support of Alpha Omega, a further £250 was raised for Children Living with Cancer UK.

Georgy also received a surprise PlayStation voucher from Ken and team.

Meanwhile, Georgy’s plight continues to touch the heart of many South Cheshire people who are fundraising for his appeal fund, Georgy’s Fight.

The aim is to send Georgy, 11, a pupil at Shavington Primary School, abroad for treatment.

Georgy and Ken at Alpha Omega

Former champion kickboxer Ken, from Nantwich, said: “The bravery of this little chap and the way the local community has got behind him is overwhelming.

“Ed was new to long-distance running but he took on the challenge with great drive and determination and we were very happy to support him.”

Major employer Alpha Omega, founded 23 years ago, has also thrown its weight behind Leighton Hospital’s Lost Little Ones appeal to create a dedicated suite and attached outside space on the labour ward for bereaved parents.

It is sponsoring the hospital’s Merry Miles fundraiser – normally a family run round Queen’s Park but this year a virtual event from November 30 to December 12.

You can support and donate to Georgy’s Fight here.

To become part of Merry Miles go to https://mchcharity.org/merry-miles-2020/

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