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Boy’s charity walk in tribute to grandad

Posted onPosted on 9th Aug

A toddler aims to walk a mile in memory of his grandfather to raise money for charity, despite suffering from a spinal condition.

Two-year-old Elis Burns is taking part in the annual Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) sponsored walk in Rufford Abbey Country Park on 9th September.

Elis, who has scoliosis, and his family want to thank the charity that helped his grandfather, Tom Childs.

Tom died last year after a battle against mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer that attacks tissue in the lungs.

Elis, of Forest Town, was born with scoliosis, which his mum, Sara, said made it harder for the youngster to walk.

“A mile is a big walk for most two-year-olds, but for Elis it’s even harder,” she said.

“We are doing this to spread the message of what the cancer is, what the symptoms are and to get checked out before it’s too late.”

The Warsop Library assistant said they wanted to raise awareness for the charity and thank it for the support received during Tom’s illness.

They have already passed their £100 target. Further donations can be made at