Lyall, six, sets out to give Leeds Down’s syndrome charity a fun run boost

Lyall Cookward at home in Chapel Allerton. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Lyall Cookward at home in Chapel Allerton. Picture by Tony Johnson.

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Dozens of fundraising runners supporting a Leeds Down’s syndrome charity will take to the streets this weekend.

Among around 50 young supporters of Leeds Down’s syndrome support network Sunshine and Smiles to take part in the mini and junior Jane Tomlinson Run For All events at Leeds Dock tomorrow will be Lyall Cookward.

Lyall Cookward and his parents Sharron Cook and Steph Ward at home in Chapel Allerton. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Lyall Cookward and his parents Sharron Cook and Steph Ward at home in Chapel Allerton. Picture by Tony Johnson.

The six-year-old Chapel Allerton youngster, who has overcome a series of health problems, is the son of Steph Ward and Sharron Cook who are heavily involved with Sunshine and Smiles – the mini and junior run’s nominated charity.

Sharron, 47, will also be one of 20 Sunshine and Smiles supporters running among the thousands taking part in the Leeds 10k on Sunday.

Fundraisers have so far generated more than £6,000 for the charity which runs support groups, offers advocacy services and runs activities for around 100 families in the region.

Steph, also 47, said: “There’s so much support out there for families affected by Down’s syndrome, kids are thriving in mainsteam and special schools with the right support. It’s great to see our fundraisers getting behind us.”

Visit localgiving.com/fundraising/teamsunshineandsmiles to donate.

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