Brothers run a 'mile for Mason'

PUBLISHED: 09:10 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 12 October 2016

From left to right: Teddy, four, and Beck, eight

From left to right: Teddy, four, and Beck, eight


Two brothers, aged four and eight, ran a mile in Welwyn Garden City to raise money for their eight-year-old cousin after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Beck and TeddyBeck and Teddy

Mason McDermott, eight, who goes to Swallow Dell School, was diagnosed in September and enjoyed playing table football while in hospital.

His cousins Beck, eight, and Teddy, four, planned the ‘Mile for Mason’ event to raise money for Mason to have a football table of his own, with the rest of the money going towards a wheelchair for him.

Cheryl and MasonCheryl and Mason

Beck and Teddy’s mum, Charlotte Bevan, said: “I am really proud of them and amazed that they just did it really quickly.

“Beck did it really fast. Teddy, who’s only four, did the mile without stopping. He plays a bit of football like Mason but he’s not done any running before like that.

Beck, eight, Teddy, four, and Mason, eightBeck, eight, Teddy, four, and Mason, eight

“Mason managed to come down to watch at the end. We’re trying to raise as much as we can.”

The brothers, who live in Stevenage, ran the mile on Saturday, October 8 in Moneyhole Park in Welwyn Garden City so Mason was able to come and watch. So far the family have raised £1,200.

Mason’s mum Cheryl Bevan, 30, who lives in Glenwood, Welwyn Garden City, said: “It was Mason’s birthday on September 9 and we went into hospital on the Monday after his birthday.

“He’s normally really active and he loves his football. He unfortunately started feeling unwell and we went to hospital for a blood test.

“I am overwhelmed, I am so proud of them. You wouldn’t think children would think to do something like that.

“My brother’s really proud of them, we’re all really proud of them.”

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