Runner pledges ‘5k-a-day’ for Nuthall youngster suffering from rare disease

Kaid Betts, pupil at Larkfields Junior School with school worker Jo Saxton and Sorrel Hodson who are raising money for a Ataxia-Telangiectasia (AT) charity.

Kaid Betts, pupil at Larkfields Junior School with school worker Jo Saxton and Sorrel Hodson who are raising money for a Ataxia-Telangiectasia (AT) charity.

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Athletic altruists at a Nuthall school are determined to raise money for one of their students - and one parent has vowed to do a 5k run every single day of the year.

Young Kaid Betts suffers from Ataxia-Telangiectasia (AT), a very rare neuro-degenerative disease causing severe disability.

The nine-year-old at Larkfields Junior School has a progressive condition and already relies on a wheelchair.

So midday supervisor at the school on Coronation Road, Nuthall, Jo Saxton and parent Sorrel Hodgson are seeking sponsorship to help the AT Society.

A family friend of Kaid, Ms Saxton is running a half marathon in April for the charity.

She said: “Kaid is such a sweet boy. I’ve known him since he was born so I really want to help.

“AT is not a well-known disease so it doesn’t get the funding it needs.”

While Sorrel, a parent of two boys at the school, has vowed to run 5k for the charity every day of the year, having started on January 1.

The pressure is on to stick to her pledge so she is using a mobile app which tracks her progress each day and publishes it on Facebook.

Sorrel said: “The fact that Kaid can’t walk at all anymore is what pushes me to keep going. We used to do these runs together so now I am running for both of us.

Kaid’s mum, Jo Betts, 40, praised the runners for wanting to help.

She said: “They’re crazy aren’t they?

“It’s fantastic to know that someone else is supporting you.

“The society is mostly run on what people can do for them so we appreciate it.”

Her son has always been very active, playing football and also dancing.

So it has been hard for him to adjust to relying on a wheelchair.

“Kaid watches other boys playing now and if you ask him if it upsets him he just says ‘It’s okay, I’d be too good for them anyway’,” added Jo.

To sponsor the ladies, visit virginmoneygiving.com/josaxton. and virginmoneygiving.com/sorrelrunning.