Over £3,000 has been raised to help Staffordshire three-year-old Henry Gibbs take his first steps unaided after fundraisers took on the UK Mud Run.
The ‘Stop Being Tight’ campaign is raising money for Henry to fight muscle tightness caused by Cerebral Palsy and give him the opportunity to walk independently.
Carmen Roldán Blasco and five others from the campaign took on the challenge of the 12k run over some of Shropshire’s “toughest terrain.”
Carmen works at Psycle Interactive in Whitchurch alongside Henry’s dad, Jacob, who also took on the run.
The run took place in Eaton Mascot, Shropshire, on Saturday where hundreds of people faced mud pits, lake dunks, water slides and more.
Joining Jacob and Carmen included; Rachel Hancock, 44, of Hitchin, Hollie Cale, 32, of Shrewsbury and Rhea Alton, 36, of Bayston Hill
Carmen said: “I have known Jacob since October 2014, at that point Henry was only four months old and had already proven to be a real fighter.”
“When Jacob told me he and Kerrie had started a fundraising campaign so Henry could have a life-changing operation I knew I wanted to help them to reach the target.”
“After doing a bit of research I found out about the UK Mud Run, a 12k run in mid-November, seemed to be a really tough challenge.”
“I managed to convince a group of friends and we all started to spread the word, sharing Henry’s story and asking for sponsorship.”
“The run was really tough. It took us more than two hours to go over all the obstacles.”
“I don’t think any of us had ever done anything like this before, but it was definitely worth it!”
Kerrie Gibbs, 29, of Woodland Road, Stafford said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, we’re really happy with the support and it’s been brilliant.”
“Jacob’s taking part in the Manchester Marathon next year and we’re organising a Charity ball next March to raise more money.”
Henry was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 2016 at the age of two.
Jacob, his wife Kerrie, of Stafford, and their friends and family have already taken on a number of charity events to raise funds.
They’ve taken part in the Stafford 10k and the fun day at Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre in Stafford.
The campaign aims to raise £50,000 needed for Henry to have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and the necessary physiotherapy.
Total fundraising currently stands at just over £27,000, with 55 people already having team on challenges.
The ‘Stop Being Tight’ team carried a camera with them throughout the challenge and you can see their journey in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynxiFyHrsi4&t=109s
To donate to the Stop Being Tight campaign visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/stopbeingtight