Runners, walkers pitch in to help Hayleigh

RUNNERS, walkers, strollers and racing snakes gathered on a cold night recently, ready to tackle the 5km Touch a Soul event which raised much needed funds for Hayleigh Stals.

Stals was diagnosed with Franconi Anemia, a rare genetic disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. The eight-year-old will spend the rest of her life fighting the illness, unless a cure is found.

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL: Hayleigh Stals, 8, has Franconi Anemia but still manages to smile. She will be able to smile a little more with the funds raised for her from the recent Touch a Soul event Picture: SUPPLIED

Last year, Aiden Rutherford’s cancer diagnosis led to the Kempston Group organising a charity event for his benefit, the Touch a Soul 5km run, an annual event for the organisation to raise much needed funds for a worthy cause.

This year, Stals was selected by a panel of judges whom received multiple submissions from the East London community.

Oxford Striders, Dynamic Sounds and the Kempston Group came together to bring the Touch a Soul fundraising 5km run to life last month.

“We wanted the event to focus on the objective at hand, and therefore there were no T-shirts or goody bags as a handout, as we aimed to raise as much funds as possible for Hayleigh,” Tony Cotterell said.

Those interested in donating can visit or contact the Kempston Group – Event department on (043) 707-1740/


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