Fun Run and Walk remembers former student with a passion for football and life

Published: 22 April 2009 at 15:53

Anglia Ruskin University encourages people to get up and do something for charity.

Anglia Ruskin University is hosting an event for people who were inspired by the London Marathon but know they could not manage to run for 26 miles.  

The University is staging this second annual fund raising event in Chelmsford on the evening of Thursday, 8 May. The fun run/walk, open to adults and children of all ages, is being organised by the Sports Department in association with the Students Union and will take place around a 3.5k (2.2 miles) circuit which starts on the University campus and goes out towards Springfield before running alongside the River Chelmer to the finish back at the University.

The event supports and raises money for 2 charities - Mission Croatia, which gives help to two Croatian hospitals for children and young adults with learning disabilities, and the Tim Reeve Charitable Trust. The Trust is a local charity established in 2006 in memory of Tim who was a student at the University when he died of acute leukaemia.  Its aim is to raise funds to improve the treatment and care of teenagers and young adults with leukaemia and other blood cancers.

Tim’s parents Sandra and John Reeve and his brother Dan have been inspired to carry out charity journeys of their own and with the help of friends and many kind people have so far raised over £160,000 to help an age group where survival rates are still only 30-40%. Sandra said,

‘We are delighted to be nominated as a charity by the University, especially as Tim was a student here for over 18 months, and we’re looking forward to a great evening’.

Speaking about his former school friend, fellow event-co-ordinator Tristan Barrett said:

“Tim was an incredible friend.  He was so strong and intensely competitive, with a great passion for football. I was fortunate enough to be his friend and learn from his great courage and his no-nonsense outlook on life.”

“His family have done wonderful work through the charity. They have made a lot of young people, including many university students in the UK, think about leukaemia in teenagers and young adults.  While it is possible to treat children, it can be far more devastating for teenagers - and so the fundraising and awareness building undertaken by the Tim Reeve Charitable Trust is all excellent work.”

Individuals and teams are invited to take part in Fancy Dress so there is plenty of opportunity to be creative and have some fun. The run/walk starts at 5.45pm.