A BARNSLEY man has started up a charity group for a young boy who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Jamie Marshall, 26, of Hemingfield, wanted to do something worthwhile when he heard of the little boy's plight.

The charity's purpose is to raise money for seven-year-old Jack Palmer, of Tingle Bridge Lane, Hemingfield, to help his family in their difficult time. All proceeds will go to the Palmers and they'll decide where the funds are spent.

Jamie's team, consisting of Shane Palmer (Jack's dad), Ryan Flemming, Craig Hardcastle, Emily Colbourne, Anne-Marie Savage, Michelle Lunn, Christina Corker, Lee Maskin and Mick Crossland are putting themselves through the notorious Tough Mudder challenge in September.

Comprising of a brutal 12-mile obstacle course designed by the Special Forces, they're being trained at Mick Crossland's Combat Academy in Wombwell in preparation.

Jamie, who's served in the Army for seven years, said: "Jack's dad is a friend of mine so I wanted to do something worthwhile to help out in whatever way I could. Mick's training us and it's difficult but enjoyable at the same time."

The team have raised over £1,300 so far, well on course to achieve their £2,000 target. The ten-strong group are also welcome to being joined by others.

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