People go the distance for Ben’s charity fund

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More than £3,000 was raised by people who took part in a 1,100-mile wheelchair push to help a teenage boy who cannot talk to communicate.

Hundreds of people did 4,400 laps around The Green in Finedon on Saturday and Sunday to support local teenager Ben Talbot.

Members of the Finedon RAOB Dolben Lodge Buffs held The Big Push to raise funds for Ben’s appeal.

Ben, who has global development delay, is unable to walk or speak due to his undiagnosed condition.

The money raised through the wheelchair push will go towards paying for communication equipment.

The target was to complete 2,420 laps of the quarter-of-a-mile circuit to total 605 miles – the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats.

But that target was almost doubled thanks to the response by the people from the town.

Buffs assistant secretary David Horn said: “We couldn’t have done it without the help of the good people of Finedon who turned out and supported us.

“We want to say a massive thank you to the people of Finedon for their magnificent response to this event.

“The aim was to do 2,420 laps of The Green – the distance from Lands End to John o’Groats – but we nearly doubled that target by reaching 4,400 laps.

“Sponsorship money is still being collected, but we think we raised just over £3,000.”

Ben’s dad Paul Talbot said: “We were overwhelmed by the level of support we have received. It has been fantastic.

“People were stopping us and asking what we were doing and as soon as we explained they would put some money in the buckets or do a few laps. It was really good that everyone got involved and came out to help.”

Buffs member Laurence Harper, who took part in the sponsored challenge, said: “There was a really good turn-out.

“It was important because we wanted to support Ben and his family.”