Marathons and races for little Ethan’s charity

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Fresh from running the London marathon a fortnight ago, a Whitby man is now planning a charity race night to raise money for a small charity that has helped his family over the last year.

Richard Hall, of Charlton Avenue, is hoping that the tragic events that affected his family last month can be turned into something positive to help others.

Last year his cousin, former Whitby woman Cindy Allamby’s daughter had a baby boy but shortly after his birth it was apparent something was wrong.

Ethan who lived in Leeds with his parents had been born with levels of ammonia that were 200 times higher than normal.

It led to brain damage and despite being advised to turn off his life support machine his parents refused.

He defied the odds to live longer than expected but passed away on March 11 this year aged ten months.

The tot has spent nine months in hospital.

The Climb charity (Children Living With Inherited Metabolic Diseases) supported the family both in Whitby and Leeds throughout Ethan’s short life.

Now Richard is hoping to give them something back.

He said: “CLIMB have been fantastic giving support and help to my cousin and her family, support that has without doubt stopped Ethan’s parents from having a break down.

“I could not imagine how my cousin’s family would have managed without them.”

In additon to the money he raised from running the gruelling 26 mile marathon Richard is organising a race night at Whitby Rugby Club on Saturday May 23.

There will be seven races, pie and pea supper, raffle and auction prizes including a signed Manchester United football and tickets for Yorkshire CCC and Flamingo Land.