A seven-year-old boy from Cheshire has raised more than £2,500 for The Joshua Tree by running 5k every day over twenty days.

Hari Mitchell, a Year 3 pupil at The Grange Junior School, Hartford, drove past the new purpose-built Joshua Tree support centre every day on his way to school and was inspired to help by fundraising to support children affected by cancer.

Hari ran 5k twice a week accompanied by mum and dad along the local Whitegate Way and did not stop until reaching his final target of 100k!

Hari said, “I wanted to run 100km before my 8th birthday and raise money for The Joshua Tree as I want to help children who are poorly”.

Keen footballer, Hari said that running and talking helped him during the days of lockdown, something The Joshua Tree believe are vital components for dealing with aiding the recovery of a childhood cancer diagnosis.

Over 93 members of the local community have supported Hari’s fundraiser and raised more than £2,500 with donations still incoming.

Hari's mum Anita and dad, Chris said they could not be prouder of their young fundraiser.

Communications and Fundraising Manager, Pippa Watson-Peck said “We are so touched and delighted to receive this incredible donation by such a lovely young boy, who by passing the new support centre on the way to school and asking Dad what it was felt compelled to raise funds to help families affected by childhood cancers. It was a pleasure to show Hari, along with his mum and dad around the support centre as one of the very first visitors.”

To donate to Hari’s run please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-mitchell54