A SELFLESS group of men and women are to run 78 miles in just 72 hours to raise money for a little boy with a debilitating disorder.

The team made of 12 from Hampshire and Dorset are preparing for the challenge of a lifetime in a bid to raise vital funds for a cause incredibly close to their hearts.

Born on March 17, 2016, Chester was nine weeks premature and weighed just 3lbs.

His first 50 days were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Poole Hospital where his parents learned he has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, affecting his whole body.

Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy is a developmental disorder which, caused by damage to the white matter of the brain, means that Chester’s gross motor functions are severely impaired.

As a result, he has spasticity - or extreme tightness of the muscles - which causes unusual movement patterns and prevents him from being able to stand or walk unaided.

A full-time wheelchair user, Chester requires round-the-clock care and assistance.

Chester's parents, Ben and Sam Walton from Verwood, together with 10 of their closest friends from Ringwood, Fordingbridge, Bournemouth and Poole, will attempt to complete three marathons in three consecutive days in aid of their four-year-old son.

The fundraiser – Charge4Chester – will see the group in their thirties each run 78 miles in just 72 hours, beginning at Poole Hospital and finishing at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

In doing so, they hope to raise more than £15,000 for the Cheers4Chester campaign, set up by the Waltons.

Sam said: "Chester has already been accepted for treatment by the world leading pioneer of the procedure, who is based in the US.

"Having the procedure here in the UK is also a possibility but there is a lengthy assessment process and we’ll only be accepted if we can meet the strict NHS criteria.”

Ben and Sam estimate that they need to raise between £50,000-£100,000 in order to pay for the procedure itself, as well as two years of intensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy that Chester will require post-surgery.

The money raised will also allow for the purchase of equipment to facilitate Chester’s recovery and development.

The group will set off from Poole Hospital on Friday, September 25.

To donate to Charge4Chester, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charge4chester.