Lancashire students set for night walk for Reuben

WALK FUNDRAISER: Holly Rhodes, Reuben Whittle and Chloe Collins
WALK FUNDRAISER: Holly Rhodes, Reuben Whittle and Chloe Collins
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Two students are aiming to make strides in raising cash for a hospital ward after hearing one of their lecturer’s twin sons had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

The pair have organised The Night Time Walk around the Guild Wheel to be held next Tuesday, April 7.

He was only diagnosed four weeks ago. He went to the doctor with a bad cough and the family found out he had leukaemia.

Former Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival Queen Chloe Collins and Holly Rhodes are now aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for the oncology ward at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The hospital is treating Reuben Whittle, three, who is the son of the girls’ tourism and leisure lecturer Jayne Whittle and husband Jason.

Chloe, 16, from Goosnargh, and Holly, 17, from Ashton, who are both studying tourism and leisure at Cardinal Newman College, are being given backing by family and friends.

They are also being supported by the family and friends of Reuben, fellow students and lecturers, and Preston North End, where they hope to collect cash at the Good Friday home game.

Chloe said: “He was only diagnosed four weeks ago. He went to the doctor with a bad cough and the family found out he had leukaemia.

“We just really wanted to show Jayne that we wanted to support her.” Holly said: “When we found out Jayne’s little boy has got leukaemia, we wanted to do all we can to support her family and also Reuben, so we set up this event.”

Already the pals know they have raised at least £300 in sponsorship and have been given £200 by their college principal to help cover costs.

They have also been busy buying flashing lights so walkers can be seen.

Everyone is invited to dress up if they so wish and besides making their own T-shirts advertising the walk, there will be various merchandise provided by the hospital including T-shirts, balloons and badges.

On Monday, Chloe and Holly were able to meet Reuben for the first time, at his hospital bedside, where his mum and dad have been keeping a vigil since his diagnosis on March 2.

The walk will take a 10-mile route along the Guild Wheel, starting at Wolseley Road near The River Ribble at 5.30pm and finishing at Merry Trees Lane, near Miller Lane, with music at the start and finish.

Anyone wishing to take part should turn up at 5.15pm to register, but must let Holly know in advance by ringing her on 07816238737.

If you would like to sponsor the event text EXLJ91£3 to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/GuildWheelWalk.