James leads the way to fund new research

James Pye, centre, and teacher Andrew Daly with Year Three at Lydgate Junior School who are taking on Sheffield Half Marathon fun run
James Pye, centre, and teacher Andrew Daly with Year Three at Lydgate Junior School who are taking on Sheffield Half Marathon fun run
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A schoolboy with diabetes is set to lead an army of runners raising cash to improve the lives of other children with the condition in Sheffield.

Eight-year-old James Pye, of Crosspool, will be joined by more than 100 people taking part in Sheffield Half Marathon and fun run for Team ToD – which stands for Type 1 diabetes – this weekend.

The youngster will be joined by classmates from Year 3 at Lydgate Junior School, five-year-old sister Grace and others with diabetes, in the 3k race.

Relatives, friends, and staff at the school will all take on Sunday’s main event to fund an education project from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The idea came from James’ parents Clare and David, to help families like theirs. Last year they raised £7,000.

Clare, a nurse at the Jessop Hospital, said: “Type 1 can happen to any child and is shattering. It’s a challenge for the child and the family on a daily basis, but it’s good to channel energy into something positive.”