HUNDREDS of people have got together to raise £35,000 for the Child Bereavement Charity in memory of a ten-year-old who died suddenly in 2009.
Residents in Great Horwood helped to raise money for the charity in memory of Toby Terkelsen.
Many of his family’s friends and neighbours competing in two major events – the Milton Keynes Half Marathon and a 300km bike ride challenge all the way from Paris back to the village.
Toby’s Mum, Clare, said: “I am incredibly touched by the kindness shown to us by our friends and the residents of Great Horwood, who have supported us every step of the way through our journey of grief.
“I can’t put into words how much it means to my husband Simon and me.
“Of course, nothing can ever replace our gorgeous boy, Toby, but it is so important for us to know that the funds raised can help other families, going through the devastation of the death of a child, to receive the support they need.”
Challenge and community fundraising officer at the Child Bereavement Charity, Emma Riley, said: “The whole village came out to meet the team after their 300km ride, the local pub put on food and all the children cycled along on their last mile.
“There was a huge welcome on the green and the atmosphere was just amazing.”