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IMPRESSIVE Ethan Roberts-Watts overcame hot weather and his own disabilities to raise money for charity.

The 10-year-old ran 5k in the heat for two worthy causes.

FUNDRAISER Ethan Robert-Watts, 10, with his mum Izzy

FUNDRAISER Ethan Robert-Watts, 10, with his mum Izzy

It took the youngster about an hour to complete the run alongside mum Izzy Watts.

Ethan said: ‘The medal was cool. It was exciting.

‘We were just running –mum recorded me.

‘I’ll do it again when I’m older.’

Ethan took part in the 5k race in Southampton on Sunday in aid of Charlie’s Beach Hut Fund and German Shepherd Rescue South.

The dog rescue charity has made a cake for Ethan to say well done for completing the tough task.

Ethan suffers from a number of conditions – but even they did not stop him from taking part in the run.

He is autistic and has bowel, communication, speech and language disorders.

Mum Izzy said she was proud of her son for finishing the race – and for raising around £700 to share between the two causes.

She said: ‘He was struggling about 3k in.

‘It was very hot – we finished at least midway through a whole pack of people.

‘I’m chuffed with him – I’m very proud.’

Izzy made sure he has since been rewarded for his effort.

The youngster was given an ice cream and a chocolate cake and he was taken to McDonald’s.

Charlie’s Beach Hut Fund offers holidays to families with life-limiting illnesses and families of firefighters.

It was set up by Steve and Karen Codling, from Stubbington, after their son Charlie died from a brain tumour two days before his fifth birthday last year.
After appearing in The News Ethan’s cause was bolstered by an anonymous donation of £50 – taking the total close to £700.

It means the two groups are set to benefit around £350 each to help their work.

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