Brave toddler Charlie is the face of 2015 for Cancer Research UK’s marathon campaign

Charlie Sindall, two, with brother Thomas, six, and mum Elly at their home in Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead
Charlie Sindall, two, with brother Thomas, six, and mum Elly at their home in Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead

A brave two year old from Hemel Hempstead who has already faced 16 rounds of chemotherapy in her battle against a rare cancer is being spotlighted by one of the UK’s largest and best-known charities.

Charlotte Sindall of Nash Mills has been chosen to spearhead a nationwide campaign by Cancer Research UK to encourage people to take on a running challenge and, in doing so, help fund research into a cure for illnesses like neuroblastoma, affecting the toddler.

Charlotte, known by parents Elly and Mark as Charlie, had been a normal, happy baby but suffered persistent colds and coughs which her doctor believed were viral.

When her breathing became laboured at nine months old, she was rushed to hospital, where tests revealed she had a tumour. Charlie has since undergone chemotherapy, blood transfusions, scans and hair loss, as the disease spread through her tiny body.

Mum Elly, 37, said: “There is no way to describe that moment. Her dad and I look forward to the day she can start nursery, to seeing her drug free and being a ‘normal’ two year old that isn’t filled with terror at seeing a doctor or nurse approach.”

Charlie is currently on a six months course of drugs to kill off any residual cancerous cells and she will have to have routine check-ups.

The courageous family have been chosen as ambassadors in Cancer Research’s year of running ahead of next year’s London Marathon – the ballot for which opens next Tuesday.

More than 1,200 people ran the 26.2 mile challenge from Greenwich to St James’ Park in aid of the charity this year, but it hopes to recruit 2,500 for 2015.

Elly, who is taking part in Race For Life in June, said: “We hope people across Herts will take on just one running challenge over the next 12 months, big or small, to raise money for research.”

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