Barney first to join organ run

Barney Pix is taking part in the Star Donor Run'The one-year-old was the first person to be signed up for the event
Barney Pix is taking part in the Star Donor Run'The one-year-old was the first person to be signed up for the event
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Toddler Barney Pix is striding out on his very first walk for a good cause - to raise awareness of organ donation.

The one-year-old was also the first person to be signed up for The Star Donor Run at Don Valley Stadium on Saturday, August 17, and will stroll the 3km route with relatives.

People can show their support by joining the run, which is backed by The Star and part of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Sheffield.

It is also one of the last public participation events to be held at Don Valley before it closes.

Barney’s mum and games’ volunteer Aynsley Pix, of Woodseats, said: “I can’t wait to watch Barney cross the finish line and see his little face.

“The games are a big thing. 
“We got involved the first time they were here and it really did make me realise how important transplantation is and how little people know about it.

“It was really amazing to see all the transplant survivors just getting on with their lives.

“They were running and doing things that they had never dreamed of before.”

Hundreds of transplant athletes are heading to Sheffield for the games, which start on August 15, to compete in a variety of events in city venues.

The run, which includes the 3K route and a 5K challenge, is a chance for people to support the athletes.

The Star has 50 places for the run to give away to readers.

All money raised from entry fees will go to charity Transplant Sport and people are encouraged to collect sponsorship for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

To apply for a free place email btg@mls.gb.com with your name, address, telephone number and which race you wish to enter.

Visit www.donorrun.co.uk to sign up for the run. Entry is £8 for the 5K, and £5 for the 3K route.

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