The magnificent seven running for Sonny

Sonny and Summer and (below) Paula Harrison, Julie Atkinson, Sarah Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen, Jodie Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen and Gina Bailey limber up for their run around Fleetwood.

Sonny and Summer and (below) Paula Harrison, Julie Atkinson, Sarah Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen, Jodie Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen and Gina Bailey limber up for their run around Fleetwood.

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A group of women are determined to give their friend’s disabled son a Christmas to remember.

The seven ladies are planning a sponsored run to raise enough money to buy a specially adapted tricycle for six-year-old Sonny Dinnen-Kennedy.

Paula Harrison, Julie Atkinson, Sarah Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen, Jodie Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen and Gina Bailey limber up for their run around Fleetwood.

Paula Harrison, Julie Atkinson, Sarah Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen, Jodie Wilson, Stacey Van Bogerijen and Gina Bailey limber up for their run around Fleetwood.

Stacey Van Bogerijen, from Fleetwood, said she wanted to do something Sonny, who is good friends with her daughter Summer.

Summer, three, and Sonny go to Brian House Hospice, in Bispham, together as they both suffer from cerebral palsy.

Mrs Van Bogerijen said: “Summer and Sonny have been friends since they were babies.”

She said she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received since her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and now wants to do something to help others.

She added: “People have done things for her in the past.

“When my little girl has needed equipment they have been helpful.2

But with Summer too young to benefit from a tricycle, which would cost around £1,800, Mrs Van Bogerijen said she thought she would organise the run to help Sonny.

The group will run 5km on November 3 and are collecting sponsorship under the name of Sonny’s Christmas Wish.

“None of us are runners,” added Mrs Van Bogerijen added. “But we are all training hard.”

Sonny’s mother, Louise Dinnen, of South Shore, said she was amazed by the effort being put in by her friends to support him.

She said: “I can’t thank Stacey enough for what she’s doing for me.

“It’s really touched me how she can find the time to do this run for Sonny.

“She’s already got her hands full as her own daughter is ill but she is still doing this for me and I’m eternally grateful.”

“I found out that Sonny’s bike was going to cost £1800 and I have simply not got that kind of money.”

Another of her friends, Susie Harrison, has organised a sponsored walk along Blackpool promenade on October 26.

The group will be collecting on the day to help reach the total needed for Sonny’s bike.

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