A SCHOOLBOY who is battling cancer has inspired an army of family and friends to put their best foot forward for charity.
Robbie Young, 11, has been raising funds for the Children’s Cancer Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by using his creative skills.
This is despite the South Shields Community School pupil, from Copley Avenue, Whiteleas, undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) – a cancer of the lymphatic system.
His fighting spirit has rubbed off onto family and friends who are now gearing up to take part in a hotel-to-hotel sponsored walk in aid of the specialist unit.
The group, who will all be wearing T-shirts bearing the schoolboy’s image, will start their walk from the Mariott Hotel in Roker, Sunderland, at noon on Sunday, finishing the trek at The Little Haven Hotel, in South Shields. Robbie’s mother Trisha Oley, 48, said: “The support Robbie has received since his diagnosis has been fantastic.
“Even though he was ill, he was wanting to do something for the unit treating him, which has inspired us all to want to do something too.
“The idea for a walk was mentioned and everyone thought it was great. It’s just been amazing the support from everyone.”
Robbie has already gifted the unit where he receives treatment with £1,500 worth of toys and gadgets.
Money was raised by the youngster making Christmas trees made from sweets, Easter sweet gifts and hosting a raffle.
About 80 children of all ages develop Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the UK each year and it is more common in boys than girls. The causes are largely unknown.