Race proceeds used to treat poorly Ashya

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The organisers of this weekend’s Chesterfield Marathon have promised to donate all sponsorship money to the family of Ashya King – the five-year-old brain cancer patient who was removed from hospital by his parents against doctors’ advice, sparking an international search.

More than 1,500 people are expected to take part in the marathon on Sunday, raising funds for the North Derbyshire-based children’s charity Kids ’n’ Cancer UK, which has already collected £50,000 for Ashya through a fundraising web page.

The youngster’s dad Brett and mum Naghemeh were arrested in Spain with their son after removing him from hospital in Southampton.

They want to give Ashya proton beam therapy – which aims radiation directly at an affected area – in the Czech Republic.

Entry into the full Chesterfield Marathon is now closed, but places in the two-mile family fun run are still available, costing £5.

Everyone who completes the route will receive a medal, and if a participant raises £20 for Kids ’n’ Cancer they will have their entry fee refunded.

n Visit www.chesterfieldmarathon.co.uk to sign up for the fun run.