Kids keen to help little Owen’s fund

Studfall Infants School's Sunshine group holding the triathlon day for Owen Trickett
Studfall Infants School's Sunshine group holding the triathlon day for Owen Trickett

Kind-hearted children put their own twist on a triathlon to raise money for a toddler with an extremely rare condition.

Pupils at Studfall Infants School in Corby took part in a “Triathl-Owen” yesterday to raise money for three-year-old Owen Trickett.

Their challenges included an obstacle course and a cycle circuit and took place in the school hall and family room.

Owen, of Rowlett Road, has MECP-2 Duplication, which causes development delay, respiratory problems and a low immune system and is believed to shorten life expectancy.

As a result, Owen is unable to walk unaided and cannot talk.

The event was organised by Studfall Infants School family worker Christine Wilkinson.

She said: “We have our Sunshine Group, which is the pre-school group, and Owen has been coming since he was two days old.

“We knew they were fundraising, so all his little friends wanted to help.

“They are a lovely family and they have been through a lot. They have a lot of friends here so we wanted to do something to help.”

The school has previously donated £200 from a coffee morning to the family, to go towards sensory equipment for Owen.

Owen’s gran Annie O’Neill said: “It is brilliant, I can’t get over it. We have had a lot of support. I think Corby has always been that way – everybody just helps you out. I don’t know why it is, but Corby people are just so good and so kind.”

Another fundraising event is in the pipeline at the Corinthian in Queens Square on the May Day holiday. The pub will be holding a fun day.