Compassionate nine-year-olds Archie Cowe and Theo Boxall have taken it upon themselves to do a three-mile run to raise funds for the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK.
The best friends will complete the three mile circuit in their home village of Kedington on Sunday in the latest fund-raiser for Team PP, a group that dedicates itself to helping raise money for the charity.
Team PP was set up in memory of Kedington toddler Phoebe Knibbs, who died of the rare and incurable Krabbes Disease in February 2013, aged 21 months.
Archie’s mum Naomi Cowe and Phoebe’s mum Hannah are close friends and Naomi’s daughter Lucy was born the day before Phoebe, who would have been four in May.
Naomi and Hannah are part of Team PP - but the idea to do the run was purely down to the two boys, who are in the same class together at Kedington Primary Academy.
Naomi said: “They came home from school one day and said ‘mum, this is what we want to do.’
“They totally decided it themselves and had already asked their teachers for some money.
“It’s brilliant that they have done it themselves.”
The two boys are well aware of the tragic story of what happened to Phoebe and the work of Team PP, while Theo’s dad John has completed the London Marathon to raise money for Save Babies UK.
The importance of what Archie and Theo are doing is also keenly felt by Naomi, who said: “I think when a child passes away it wakes you up to reality and hits you hard.
“I took it quite badly because Lucy would have been going through nursery and school with Phoebe. They would have been doing everything together.”
You can sponsor Archie and Theo by going to www.justgiving.com/Naomi-cowe.