North Walsham

Football pals on the ball for cancer charity

Just Regional
Feb 28, 2024 2 mins read

Young North Walsham footballers hit the target at a local parkrun and helped to give a children’s cancer charity a £700-plus boost. James Beecroft, Tommy Clarke, Jake Bracey and Aman Twinklemon decided to take part in the North Walsham 5k parkrun to raise money for Young Lives Vs Cancer.
The North Walsham Town FC U12 Angels team-mates and town high school pupils wanted to raise funds as James’ sister Cora and Tommy’s friend Jaylen both have leukaemia.


The boys and Cora appear on the front page of this edition of Just North Walsham. Four-year-old Cora is in the maintenance stage of her treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – a rare cancer most often diagnosed in younger people. Tommy’s friend Jaylen is in early stages of his treatment.
“My husband James and I are so very proud of the boys,” said Cassie Beecroft, the mum of Cora and James junior. “The boys have done the club and school proud and North Walsham parkrun have been a fantastic support and raised lots of awareness to help with the fundraising.” She added: “Cora is doing fantastic. She has just finished stage 1 swimming and is attending Millfield Primary School.
“She still has daily chemo and doesn’t finish treatment until September but she is a very happy girl who doesn’t let it bring her down.
“She loves baking, art and playing with her friends. James and his friends have done a fantastic job raising nearly £800 so far.”
A bright, happy, cheerful girl who loved pre-school, going to the dinosaur park and the beach, Cora started to seem really tired and run down and was having extra naps.
Cassie got her an emergency doctors’ appointment after she was sick at preschool and the doctor sent her for blood tests straight away. Two hours later it was confirmed that Cora had leukaemia.
The next morning, in July 2022, Cora and her mother were driven by ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where they received amazing support as treatment began.
A Just Giving page has been set up to help other families whose lives have been turned upside down from the minute they find out the devastating news.
You can make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com and searching for James + Friends Run for YLVC

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