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 Benjamin is Teesdale's latest Young Hero

 01/11/2019

BROTHERLY love was at the heart of Teesdale’s Young Hero for October.

Benjamin Hawksby was devastated when he was told his younger brother, Joshua, had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February this year.
 
The five-year-old’s diagnosis came as a shock to the family, including mum Susanne, dad Daniel, Benjamin and Joshua’s other brothers Oliver, 7, and Joseph, 4.
 
But instead of letting it get him down, Benjamin decided to take positive action and after being inspired by a friend, took on the Raby Races with the help of members of local running club, the Evenwood Road Runners.
 
The family, of Staindrop, hoped to raise a few hundred pounds to support the wards at Darlington Memorial Hospital where Joshua is receiving treatment.
 
But when word spread, well-wishers started sponsoring the ten-year-old and in the end he raised £3,500 from the run alone.
 
And more than £4,000 has been raised in total with the help of generous supporters who have also held fundraising events such as a horse drive and by completing the Great North Run.
 
The family was invited to the Barnard Castle Emergency Services Hub on Saturday, where the Staindrop Primary School pupil was presented with his award as well as being treated to some activities with officers and firefighters.
 
Mr Hawksby said he and his wife were very proud of Benjamin.
 
He said: “I think he surprised himself with how much he raised and we are really proud of him for the thought that he had to say thank you to the ward.
 
“All the boys absolutely loved their trip to the Hub on Saturday – they’re an extremely friendly bunch and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and continues to help.”
 
Joshua was treated in hospital for two weeks and has fortnightly appointments as he is now considered to be in maintenance meaning he no longer needs to see the doctor weekly.
 
His treatment is due to end in May 2022.
 
Benjamin is one of 12 winners and will be invited to a special awards night next year where one youngster will be crowned the ultimate hero.

Nominations for November’s Young Hero are now open.
 
Nominees must be aged 18 or younger and live in the Teesdale area.

To nominate a young person email elizabeth.finn@durham.pnn.police.uk, send a message via this page or call into the Police Station.