Inspirational Buxton youngsters organise charity walk for cancer sufferer mum

Joshua and Declan Stonehouse, 10 and 8
Joshua and Declan Stonehouse, 10 and 8
  • Joshua, ten, and Declan, eight, organise charity walk after mum is diagnosed with cancer
  • Sunday’s ten-mile walk will take in Ladybower Reservoir
  • Youngsters raising money for Cancer Research UK

A cancer sufferer has spoken of her pride after her two young sons, from Buxton, organised a charity walk this weekend.

As soon as Joshua and Declan Stonehouse, of Windsor Road, heard their mum Larissa had cancer they decided they wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Joshua and Declan Stonehouse, 10 and 8

Joshua and Declan Stonehouse, 10 and 8

And the youngsters, aged just ten and eight, have organised a ten-mile sponsored walk around Ladybower Reservoir on Sunday which they hope will raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Commenting on her Just Giving Page, Larissa, 28, said: “The whole family couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The boys have been busy asking teachers and friends for sponsorship and are hoping that locals will turn out in force on Sunday morning for the walk, which can be completed at your own pace.

Starting and finishing at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, the walk will take in some of the stunning scenery of the area.

The boys have been going round their teachers, and the neighbours getting donations. We’re all really, really proud of them

Debbie Husbands, the boys’ nan

Twenty-eight-year-old Larissa was diagnosed as having a tumour in her pelvic bone just a few weeks ago and her two brave sons soon sprang into action.

Larissa’s mum and the boys’ nan, Debbie Husbands, said: “As soon as they got told their mum had got cancer they said they wanted to do a sponsored walk, so Larissa got in touch with Cancer Research UK and they sent her a massive fundraising pack filled with T-shirts and everything she needed.

“The boys have been going round their teachers, and the neighbours getting donations.

“We’re all really, really proud of them.”

Larissa is set to undergo radiotherapy from next week, followed by specialist treatment in Birmingham.

The walk starts at 10am and anyone who wants to take part can just turn up on the day.

To make a donation, or to sponsor the boys, see www.justgiving.com/Larissa-Stonehouse.

More than £200 has already been raised online.

On the Just Giving page, Larissa explains: “A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called fibrous histiocytoma.

“The tumour has grown in my pelvic bone and has eaten away a big portion of it.

“When we sat down and told Joshua and Declan, they decided on their own that they wanted to do a walk and raise money for charity.

“We couldn’t be more proud of them.

“Please help us raise as much as we can, this is all going to Cancer Research.”

The charity receives no government funding for their research and relies on donations, fundraising and bequests.

To find out more, visit the website at www.cancerresearchuk.org.