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Coastal trek in tribute to one-year-old Ryan Loughran
9:54am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A TEAM of housing professionals walked 10 miles from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head in memory of a one-year-old boy who died of leukaemia.
Ryan Loughran from Bournemouth was diagnosed with the form of cancer at just five months old and underwent chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and experimental treatment.
The team of housing staff from Raglan Housing part of Hanover Housing Association raised £5,700 for CLIC Sargent as they walked in memory of the brave little boy.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and their families and last year they supported 82 families in Dorset.
Farah Batchelor, CLIC Sargent’s Fundraising Manager in Dorset said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Walk for Ryan team for choosing to support us whilst honouring Ryan.“At the moment we can only help two out of three children and young people diagnosed with cancer.
“We want to reach as many as possible and with your support we can do this.”
The team along with members of Ryan’s family completed the 10 mile hike with a balloon release at Hengistbury Head in Ryan’s memory.
Emma Cook from Raglan Housing Association said: “As soon as we heard Ryan was poorly we were shocked and staff knew they wanted to help in some way, we have been amazed at the response we have had from the staff across the housing association. “Ryan was such a fighter and this has inspired us to raise money to help other families who find themselves in a similar situation.”
Paul Whitehouse regional manager for Hanover Housing Association said: “It’s been great that we have been able to involve so many people for such a great cause that has touched everyone.”
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