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This 11-year-old ran 10km for charity after being inspired by his NHS worker parents

Barney Stannard was terrified that his NHS worker parents would become ill at the height of the pandemic, so they set him a fundraising challenge to give him something positive to focus on.

The 11-year-old, from Oulton, went on to raise more than £750 for the UHNM Charity and the Donna Louise by running 10 kilometres.

Mum Becky, a diagnostic radiographer at the Royal Stoke, said: “He said he was scared that something was going to happen to us both as we’re NHS workers, but also that he was so proud of us.

“I’d been so busy at work I’d not realised the enormity of this for him. So we had lots of cuddles and talked about how we could make a positive out of this horrid situation, and that’s when he came up with the idea of him doing a sponsored run.”

This isn’t the first time that Barney has turned his attention to fundraising, having previously raised £500 for his first school’s library when he was six-years-old and more recently £500 for a friend’s cancer treatment.

Barney said: “I think what mum and dad and the NHS are doing is amazing and I wanted to say thank you. I was really worried for my parents at first but now I’m so proud of them both. I want to work in the NHS and be a doctor that looks after babies when I’m older.”

To get prepared for the 10km around Oulton and Stone Barney trained with his dad Paddy – a special care dentist for the NHS.

They ran three times a week but training was put on hold when the pair became ill. The family had negative Covid-19 tests and training was able to resume.

Becky said: “We all had to be tested for coronavirus as Barney and my husband developed nasty coughs. We were negative but that was a difficult week, a very sobering thought that we could have brought this virus home to our little man.

“As much as I love my job and being there with our patients and my fab team, the mum side of me wants to scoop him up, lock him in the house and not come out until this nightmare is over. But like everyone here, it’s my job and I’m very proud to be fighting this horrid virus.”

Barney has now been nominated for an Our Heroes Award in the Bright Young Thing category.

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