COVID couldn’t stop one young Bromley resident doing his bit for charity. Taking inspiration from the late Captain Tom Moore, 9-year old Bertie Sutton ran 26.2 miles over 4 weeks in February for Macmillan Cancer Support.

So far, Bertie has raised an impressive £758 for the cancer charity. He has already bettered his original fundraising target of £100, by over 700%. And with Gift Aid added, Bertie will have raised almost £1,000 on behalf of Macmillan and people living with cancer.

Bertie said of his fundraising efforts:

“I decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support to help people with cancer, and their families. I saw that Captain Tom raised a lot of money by walking so I decided to run a marathon in a month for Macmillan. I am extremely grateful to all the people who donated money.”

Bertie’s Hayes neighbourhood came out to cheer him on from their doorsteps as he crossed the ‘finish line’ on 28th of February.

Dad Neil Sutton (49) praised his inspirational son:

“Bertie really loves running at school and parkrun every week but hasn’t been doing too much during the lockdown. I set Bertie a challenge at the start of February to run a marathon in a month.

Mum Rachel Sutton (44) added:

“He asked if he could raise money for charity and chose Macmillan Cancer Support, setting himself a target of £100. He completed the marathon in a total time of 4 hours 26 minutes which is really impressive!

Bertie’s sister Isobel said:

“We’re all very proud of him.”

Macmillan Relationship Fundraising Manager for London, Hebe Wright, said:

“On behalf of all our Macmillan nurses, doctors, support workers and cancer experts, I want to say a massive thank-you to Bertie for such an outstanding fundraising effort.

“Macmillan Cancer Support relies almost entirely on donations – we simply couldn’t help the growing number of people who need us, without the support and generosity of inspiring individuals like Bertie. He will help ensure Macmillan can continue to be there for people living with cancer, from the moment of their diagnosis.”

You can still donate to Bertie’s JustGiving page. Visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/berties-marathon-in-a-month for more details