AJ to run and cycle 21 miles

AJ with his donated LV Cup final shirt signed by Saints players
AJ with his donated LV Cup final shirt signed by Saints players

A TEENAGER will run and cycle 21 miles this weekend to raise money for a charity which is close to his heart.

On Saturday morning AJ Mills, 14, from Wellingborough, will cycle from his home to Sywell and back and then run five miles around the town to collect cash for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).

He’s doing the ‘duathlon’ in memory of Harry Waller who died of cot death when he was six- weeks-old, 21 years ago.

Harry’s mum Sue Waller is a close friend of AJ’s family, and her sons Alex and Ethan Waller, who both play for the Northampton Saints, are supporting AJ’s charity effort.

Alex has donated his LV Cup final shirt, which has been signed by all the Saints players, to be auctioned for the charity.

AJ said: “Harry Waller died of cot death at six weeks of age. He would have been 21 this year so I have decided to do a 21-mile ‘duathlon’. At first I was doing it to get fit, but I then chose to do it for FSID because Harry was the son of my mum’s best friend. I am very close to that family and would have been to Harry. I wanted to give something back and I feel this is a good way to do it.”

His mum Jenny Mills said: “AJ is too young to be allowed to take part in organised events and so decided to do this under his own steam. We are very proud of him. It started off as a way for him to keep fit, but it has turned into something much bigger. He is really thinking about others and he’s put such a lot effort into it.”

AJ is appealing for people to sponsor him – he has raised more than £530 so far.

To sponsor him, visit http://www.justgiving.com/AJ-Mills.

To bid for Alex’s shirt email Jahaa@btinternet.com and make an offer in excess of £75. The successful bidder will have to collect the shirt and make payment in person.