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Sheringham parkrun shows its support for charity with tribute to David

PUBLISHED: 10:32 13 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:19 13 March 2016

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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Scores of runners turned out to take part in a special tribute to a football-loving teenager in Sheringham who died just weeks after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREFor one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Arsenal supporter David Acott, from Bodham, near Holt, was just 17 when he lost his battle with Wilson’s Disease in March last year - three years after surviving a life-saving liver transplant.

He was remembered with a minute’s applause at Sheringham parkrun on Saturday when runners wore football tops to show their support and raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (which provides a free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children in hospital.

David, who also shared his family’s affection for Arsenal, ran the three mile course as he fought back to fitness following his transplant and went on to take part in the 2013 Pinewood Triathlon in Sheringham and won three medals in the transplant games in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

A total of 223 runners took part in the parkrun at the weekend and raised a total of £1400 for the charity - with £800 being donated on the day. And it is hoped it will continue as an annual event.

For one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREFor one week only Sheringham parkrun will be run in memory of David Acott, a young park-runner, who died after a short battle with cancer on 11 March 2015. It will be a chance to remember David and to raise funds for RMHC, Camberwell House, who provide a 'home away from home' for families whose child is in hospital. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

David’s mum Janet, who sported her son’s old Arsenal top, said: “It’s overwhelming and I feel honoured that people have gone to the effort to be here today.”

To add a donation, log on to the following website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/DavidAcott

For more photographs from the event, pick up a copy of Thursday’s North Norfolk News.


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