Grateful Rotherham teenager’s valley walk

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A teenager who suffered a life-threatening infection will be striding 15 miles through the Derwent Valley to raise funds for other poorly young people.

James Gude, aged 17, from Aston, is joining his parents June and Trevor for the Three Dams Walk on October 6 in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

He picked up the bacteria E Coli at just four years old, and needed a seven-hour operation at the children’s hospital.

James will be on medication for the rest of his life - and it is only weeks since he was completely discharged.

“My family heard about the walking event and as we do a lot of walking with our dog, Duke, we thought it would be a brilliant way to give something back,” said the teenager, who now wants to start an apprenticeship.

Walkers have the choice of five, 10 or 15-mile routes around the dams of the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. More than 300 people took part in 2012, raising over £15,000, and this year funds will pay for a new patient bedroom. Call 0114 271 7203 to sign up.