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Darwen mother repays charity dream

Lancashire Telegraph: Nolan with mum Naomi, left, and Gemma Nolan with mum Naomi, left, and Gemma

A DARWEN mum whose son suffers from a rare disorder has signed up for a run to raise cash for the charity that granted the youngster a dream day out.

Naomi James’s nine-year-old son Nolan suffers from the rare genetic disorder H-abc, a type of leukodystrophy which affects a child’s brain and impairs development.

Nolan, a pupil at Ashleigh Primary School, who needs to use a wheelchair, was treated to a day out by charity Make-A-Wish Foundation where he met children’s favourites The Minions, from the movie Despicable Me.

Now mum Naomi, 34, and her sister, Gemma, 30, will take part in the Great Manchester Run on Saturday to raise cash for the charity. And Nolan will not miss out as the pair will push him around the 10k course.

It starts in the city centre, heads up to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and doubles back to the city.

Naomi, who has three other children, said: “We had the most amazing time ever on Nolan’s wish and would like to give a little back so other children can have wishes granted and make magical memories while going through some of the most difficult times in their lives I have taken part in a few 5k races, but this will be my first 10k.

“Training is going well, but the big challenge will be pushing Nolan in his chair.

“Nolan is very excited about the run.

“And will be keeping his eye out for United’s mascot Fred the Red as we pass Old Trafford.”

To support Naomi, Gemma and Nolan, text NOBY77 with your amount to 70070, or you can visit


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