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Two-year-old Barnsley tot’s walk to remember dad

Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison, Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett and Jordan Evison.

Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison, Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett and Jordan Evison.

A toddler and his family helped to raise more than £1,300 for hospital patients in Sheffield by stepping out on a walk in his dad’s memory.

Little Corey-George Blackett, aged two, from Birdwell in Barnsley, took part in the first-ever Walk for Wards at the Longshaw Estate to support the adult cystic fibrosis centre at the Northern General Hospital.

The youngster and his grandmother, 53-year-old Andrea Blackett, joined other relatives to remember Corey’s dad Michael, who died from cystic fibrosis, aged just 26, last October.

They were joined by some of the staff from the CF centre, who cared for Michael during his last days.

Andrea, from Elsecar in Barnsley, said: “We had a fabulous day at the event and are thrilled to have raised over £1,300 so far for the cystic fibrosis ward.

“It was really special to see Corey-George wearing his sign saying ‘I’m walking for my Daddy’ and walk a whole 5km, that’s some feat for a two-year-old and I know Michael would have been so proud of him.”

Walk for Wards saw more than 60 people from across the region take part in a 5km or 10km walk to help Sheffield hospital wards or departments which helped them or their loved ones.

Cheryl Ridge, fundraiser at the charity, said the event was a ‘great success’ and would return next year.

“It was really touching to see the signs everyone wore with messages of who they were walking for, and raising money for the hospital wards that had helped them or their loved ones,” she said.

“There was a fabulous atmosphere.”

n Andrea and Corey-George are still accepting donations - visit www.justgiving.com/coreygeorge, email charity@shct.nhs.uk or call 0114 271 1351.

 
 
 

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