With a Walk, Skip and a Jump, Mini Police Travel “Miles for Marley”

Cleveland’s Mini Police will walk, skip and jump nearly 70 miles this summer to raise money for a charity which is helping one of their own.

Marley in hospital Ten year old Marley Gill who lives in Middlesbrough spent the last six years battling kidney and liver disease with his organs deteriorating but happily he received a new liver on 17th April and he is now back home, recovering well.

Schools Liaison Officer PCSO Lindsey Blackburn has organised an event called “Miles for Marley” in aid of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) which has provided on-going support for Marley and his family.

Lindsey’s challenged each Mini Police recruit to complete a sponsored mile at their respective school in June.  The youngsters will carry a police baton and pass it on - along with the running total - until they cover a minimum of 68.5 miles.  That’s the distance from Marley’s home to Leeds General Infirmary where he receives his treatment.

And PCSO Blackburn will add extra miles to the total by joining each Mini Police unit during their relay and by completing four park runs across the Force area.  The relay will finish at Marley’s School – St Alphonsus Primary in Middlesbrough on Wednesday 26th June.

Lindsey said: “Marley’s a great lad and I wanted to do something to help him and his family at this difficult time.  His Mini Police friends really wanted to get involved too, and show their support for the whole family.  Their enthusiasm is infectious and we’re all looking forward to June.”

Marley’s mum Rachel Gill added: “As a family we are overwhelmed that Cleveland Police and so many schools are getting involved in helping us with our fundraising efforts through this difficult time.

 “CLDF is a very small charity and relies on donations and fundraising to raise essential funds for childhood liver disease. The money raised gets used on vital research as well as planning family fun days across the UK for families going through the same situation as us.             
“Throughout the 6 years since Marley was diagnosed we have done many events to raise funds and we find that keeping busy (when we can) is a comfort for us - knowing we are also helping other families out there.”

PCSO Blackburn and Rachel have set up a fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/MilesforMarley for anyone who would like to sponsor the children as they raise money for CLDF.