Grateful Jo sets pace for hospital cash race in South Yorkshire

Jo Orpwood in the centre with mates Sam Light & Lewis Helas
Jo Orpwood in the centre with mates Sam Light & Lewis Helas
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FUNDRAISERS went the extra mile for charity by running a five kilometre race to support pioneering treatments for brain disease.

The annual Head Start race took place at Rother Valley Country Park, with many of the runners wearing colourful fancy dress to liven up the proceedings as they completed a circuit around two of the park’s lakes.

The run supported the Sheffield-based charity Neurocare, which funds vital life-saving equipment, facilities and nurse training at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Chief among the runners was 13-year-old Jo Orpwood, a pupil at Silverdale School who has bravely battled three brain tumours.

The youngster has raised more than £450 in return for Neurocare supporting him through 13 operations.

“I’m not very sporty but running is a really good hobby for me,” he said.

“I wanted to do this because Neurocare have been so helpful to me and so many other people with brain tumours and neurological conditions.

“My head has a few bumps and dints but I feel fine now. I hope I can show that, despite having a brain tumour, nothing can stop me.”

Jo’s mum Kate, dad Neil and sister Elizabeth, 11, cheered him on as he crossed the finish line.

Kate said: “Jo has been astonishingly brave and I’m so proud of him.”

Neurocare supports treatment for people with brain injuries, tumours, strokes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and serious sleep disorders.