A NINE-year-old boy has completed a daily mile for 26 days in honour of his cousin who died four years ago.

Reggy Ford, whose cousin Abby Randall died of a rare form of bone cancer in 2016, decided to take on the running challenge to keep his fitness up while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Abby's Heroes is a charity that was set up in memory of Abby by her parents Sally and David Randall, after she died at age 11.

Reggy raised over £1,200 for the charity - which has been severely impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic putting fundraising events on hold - by taking on the challenge in her honour.

The charity was due to have nearly 130 runners take part in the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k at the end of April which would have brought in significant and vital funds for the charity.

Reggy's mum Lorna said: “ I run often and Reggy always says he would like to come. So I suggested he run a mile with me most days.

"We saw the national 2.6 Challenge [launched by charities to encourage people to take on fitness and raise money] and Reggy asked if he could run a marathon for Abby's Heroes.

"With that, we thought that's perfect way to keep fit and raise awareness for a fantastic charity so close to all our hearts. We never imagined he would raise £1,820 so far."

The event challenged supporters to take on an event around the numbers 2.6 or 26, which included a three-legged walk by Abby's parents.

His auntie Sally said: "We are so very proud anytime anyone raises money for Abby’s Heroes, but when it is your own nephew, Abby’s cousin, our hearts could simply burst.

"Reggy has raised such a staggering amount of money that will support families when their child has been diagnosed with cancer."

Abby’s Heroes supports families by providing services to Southampton General hospital working to care, treat and support the children.

This comprises of two Units at University Hospital Southampton – the Piam Brown Ward which is the Regional Centre for Paediatric Oncology and Haematology for under 18’s and the Teenage and Young Adult Unit.