A Doncaster teenager has certainly made 2013 a year to remember – by pledging to raise £2,013 for Arthritis Research UK.
Liam Hackett, aged 13, was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when he was eight years old, and has since suffered chronic symptoms including painful and swollen joints, especially in winter.
After being hospitalised last December with a series of life-threatening infections, Liam bounced back this year and set himself the unique challenge – and is well on his way to achieving his ambitious target, with help from fellow pupils at The Hayfield School.
Over the next few weeks, Liam is organising a bake sale and then, to mark National Arthritis Week from October 7 to 13, Liam’s year group will be going to school in orange fancy dress, the colour most associated with Arthritis Research UK.
Arthritis Research UK’s regional fundraising manager David Fisher said: “Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK with one in six people of all ages affected by this debilitating disease.
“Liam is an inspiration to us.
“His positive and selfless attitude is amazing, and we really appreciate his fantastic fundraising efforts, and also the support he is receiving from his school to help him achieve his target.”
Liam has also set up an online fundraising page, at Liam Hackett’s Lets raise £2,013 in 2013 just giving
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