Relatives of a poorly youngster are striding out on a gruelling 100km walk to raise money for vital medical equipment.
Elliott Raynor, aged 22 months, has cystic fibrosis, and his family are taking part in a trek across the Peak District to pay for a £7,000 physiotherapy vest.
The vest, which is not available on the NHS, would allow the infant to move around while getting physiotherapy treatment at the same time, helping to keep his lungs clear.
Elliott’s dad Stefan Raynor, 43, his cousin Emily Peet, 22, from Treeton, and their pals have entered the Transpennine Challenge from Manchester to Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.
Walkers have up to 33 hours to complete the full 100km distance.
Elliott’s grandmother Rita Raynor, 66, from Gleadless, said the vest would ‘greatly enhance’ the toddler’s life.
“Cystic fibrosis causes sticky mucus to form, clogging up the lungs and making it hard to breathe,” said Rita.
“Elliott also takes enzyme tablets and gets hooked up to special breathing equipment every day, to force him to breathe harder and clear his own lungs.
“Having the vest would mean he could move around and get his physio treatment at the same time.
“It would make a huge difference to his life. The vests are not available on the NHS, and are very expensive to buy.”
The event will happen on June 22, and the fundraising group have called themselves Team Elliott in his honour.
Stefan is originally from Sheffield, but now lives in Leicester with Elliott.
“They hope it will go a long way to raising the vital funds needed. We just want Elliott to live as normal a life as possible,” said Rita.
* Visit www.facebook.com/Little-Elliott’s-Fight-Against-Cystic-Fibrosis for more details or to donate money.