More than £6,000 raised at Max’s Military Run in Great Chesterford

Max's Fun Day Pictures: Roger King

Max's Fun Day Pictures: Roger King - Credit: Archant

There was leaping, jumping and climbing over and under obstacles at a charity day in Great Chesterford on Sunday (October 4), which raised £6,000 and still counting for the children’s cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Part of the day, organised by a fundraising mum and her team of friends was “Max’s Military Run” named for Max Rowlandson, now aged seven and fit as a fiddle but who as a toddler, in June 2010 was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Max and his little sister India both took part enthusiastically in the obstacle course organised by fitness trainer Sam Parke.

Max’s mum, Jodie, said: “All ages liked it, even the really big ones. The older ones thought they were too cool for school but when they saw everyone else having fun, they wanted to have a go.

“The children were going round and round more than once. People said it was something different – there hadn’t been something like that before. Sam was a superstar.”

Jodie and husband Daniel from Little Walden Road and their friends held a whole weekend of events at the village recreational ground off Newmarket Road. The cash raised included a £300 donation from the Duke of York pub in Saffron Walden who ran the bar.

Over the past five years, the couple and their supporters have raised over £50,000 for leukaemia charities.

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“Since what we went through with Max we have been trying to give something back to Addenbrooke’s for all the help and treatment,” said Mrs Rowlandson.

Events at the weekend included Max’s Market on Saturday and Metal for Max with a performance from fellow organiser Steve Farr in his band Phantom Lord, on Saturday night.

“It all went very well - it was brilliant over the entire weekend,” said Mrs Rowlandson.

She added: “We’re doing it for Team Max. For all the families and neighbours and community members who give their time to help us. It’s phenomenal really.”

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