Walkers help Gosberton family’s fund-raising drive

Walk for Lucas Devaney
Walk for Lucas Devaney

The family of Lucas Devaney were overwhelmed by the turnout of people for their latest fundraiser.

People of all ages put their best foot forward to walk either three or five miles for charity, inspired by the bravery of the four-year-old from Gosberton who has leukaemia.

Starting off with an energetic warm-up led by family member Jodi Ingamells, a team of around 35 people set off from The Bell pub at Gosberton on Sunday. They looped their way around the village and into next door Quadring for the longer route – raising more than £3,100.

Lucas’s mum Joanne said: “It was unbelievable. We were hoping for a few people to take part but we did not expect so many. We had people of all ages. Lucas’s brother Ethan, who is six, took part in the shorter route and we had other people with their children or dogs.

“One lad called Ben Crunkhorn did the route carrying 25 kilos on his back. I think he wanted to do it as even more of a challenge.

“We still have money coming in and have to say a big thank you to the staff at the Bell.

“We finished back at the pub and they served up hot dogs and burgers with all the proceeds going to the charities.”

The money from Sunday’s event will be divided between Ward C2 at Addenbrookes, where Lucas has received so much support, and the charities Children with Cancer UK and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

Joanne added: “Our next fundraiser will be in October in Rochdale where we have family and Gareth (Lucas and Ethan’s dad) will be running the London Marathon in April.

“Lucas is not doing too badly. He is back at school now and is nearly over his intense treatment. He has another four weeks and will then be going into the ‘maintenance’ stage of his treatment.”