Bearwood College Student organises fun run after life saving transplant

Published: 12 Feb 2014 09:000 comments

A TEENAGER who underwent a life-saving operation has inspired a school to follow in his footsteps.

Luke Alexander, 13, underwent a liver transplant in 2012, and is now organising a fun run at his school Bearwood College to raise money

Luke Alexander, 13, a pupil at Bearwood College, had a liver transplant in November 2012.

This has inspired his school to organise sponsored running events for charities helping young transplantees.

Bearwood Parents’ Association (BPA) has teamed up with Tadley Runners to organise its first ‘Back to School Fun Run’, a five or 10k run taking place in the grounds of the Sindlesham school on Sunday, March 23.

The day before, Bearwood pupils and teachers will compete in a sponsored run to see which house can raise the most money.

Luke, a Year Nine pupil, who is eagerly training for the big day, said: “I love being able to do this kind of thing now.

“When I was waiting for my transplant, everything made me tired but now I have so much energy.

“It’s great to be able to put it to good use by raising money for causes which are really important to me.”

All the money raised will be split between the BPA projects, the charity which helped Luke and his family, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), and TACKERS, which organises winter camps for children who have had transplants from around the world.

Donald Wilkinson, head of Bearwood College, said: “Bearwood College is extremely happy to be able to provide the setting for the first Bearwood Back to School Run.

“We hope that both the public run on the Sunday as well as the school sponsored run on the Saturday are hugely successful, and result in the extremely worthwhile charities benefiting greatly.”

To register for the fun run visit www.runnersworld.co.uk or visit the school website for more information www.

bearwoodcollege.co.uk

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