EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt taking on half-marathon for St Albans cancer boy

EASTENDERS star Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale on the BBC soap, is running, jogging, walking and possibly crawling in a half marathon to raise funds for a St Albans boy’s cancer treatment.

The actor has raised nearly �1,500 for Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance ahead of the Royal Parks half marathon next Sunday October 7.

He will be joined by Bricket Wood couple Fiona and Steve Boughton, and fellow EastEnders star Jake Wood (pictured with Adam) in the event, which is expected to attract 12,500 runners.

The race is through four of London’s royal parks; Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park.

Adam, Jake, Fiona and Steve are running to raise funds for Bailey Sarwa, a 13-year-old boy fighting a recurrence of rare cancer Neuroblastoma. Bailey’s family and friends are hoping to secure enough donations to allow him to be treated in either Germany or the US.

Adam’s justgiving charity web page jokes: “Between us we have a combined age of 220 years and when I say run, I am using the term loosely as it will probably be more of a jog and a walk but we will finish it even if we have to crawl over the line!”

He adds: “If Bailey can keep smiling through his treatment, we can complete 13 [plus] miles for him.”

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To donate go to: www.justgiving.com/AdamWoodyatt-TeamBailey

This Saturday, September 29, several EastEnders actors including Shane Richie and Patsy Palmer will attend the Believe Ball for the Bailey Sarwa Appeal at Luton Hoo.

Supporter Aarti Parmar, marketing and communications for Bang and Olufsen of Harpenden, successfully secured the signature of Take That lead singer and X Factor judge Gary Barlow.

She said she thought it would help the appeal to have a celebrity’s signature on an item – in this case a portable music system – for an auction at the event.

Aarti explained: “I have a rule in life, if you don’t ask you don’t get. Straight away Gary Barlow and David Beckham came to mind for some reason.

“I made it my challenge! Bailey is in need of the money, and it’s just another way to raise it for him.

“I tweeted Gary first but that didn’t work. I Googled [his] agent and managed to get his name and number.

“After a few weeks of going back and forth and me being persistent, in a nice way, I eventually got a call from Gary’s personal assistant who asked me to send the Beolit 12 to be signed. I then went to the studios in north London to collect it.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t meet Gary and give him a big thank you hug!”