Eastwood mum set to tackle ten-mile walk for toddler with rare cancer

An Eastwood woman is preparing to take on a ten-mile walk after being inspired by the heart-wrenching story of a young boy with liver cancer.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 11:51 am
Belle Leighton is set to walk ten miles around Eastwood and Kimberley.

Determined mum Belle Leighton, who suffers from PTSD and ‘hasn’t left the house much in years’, came across the story of a Nottinghamshire toddler fighting for his life and decided that she must find a way to help.

Archie Warriner, a three-year-old boy, has a very rare hepatoblastoma liver cancer, which has spread to his lungs.

The tot has undergone six types of chemotherapy but despite this, his parents have been told to pray for a miracle.

Belle, a mum of two young boys herself, read Archie’s story on Facebook one night and cried to her husband Andy.

After being so moved by the todder’s struggles, she pledged to do something to help. She then sought out Archie’s parents and grandfather and planned to do a sponsored walk.

As Belle suffers from PTSD, her best friend Tom Coleman offered to do the walk with her.

She said: “It means so much to be able to do the walk for Archie.

"I have hardly left the house for the last couple of years on my own due to my PTSD but he is so brave and is such a little fighter so I felt like this was the least that I could do.

"Despite everything that we have been through with Covid, we must have humility and compassion and work together for the people who need us the most.

"I am so proud of the grit and determination that Archie shows on a daily basis and we are honoured to be able to do this for him.”

Belle and Tom will be walking a ten-mile circular route through Eastwood, Greasley, Kimberley, Newthorpe, Moorgreen, and Brinsley on Sunday, March 21.

The pair’s fundraising target was originally £100 but thanks to generous supporters they have now raised more than £550.

Belle added: “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and a special mention has to go to the Forest Old Lads, who donated a huge £150.”

All money raised will support Archie through his treatment and help to give him a better quality of life.