A Bolton boxing coach has pledged to run every day over February to help raise funds for a brave four-year-old boy with cancer.

Noah Williams, from Radcliffe, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in October 2023.

But now family friend Mikey Young, a coach at Halliwell's Elite Boxing, says he is determined to help raise money to help Noah’s family with his care.

Mr Young said: "I decided I needed to do my bit to help raise money for the family to spend quality time with Noah.

“I can’t imagine the pain and heartache they are all going through. With having a little boy myself it hit me hard.”

The Bolton News: Noah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancerNoah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Image: Kenland Media Relations)

He added: “I have decided to run 3.4k a day for the whole month of February which is a massive 100k for the full 29 days.

“Since stopping boxing I have piled weight on, so this isn’t an easy task. It’s going to be mentally and physically challenging, but I enjoy a challenge and nothing can compare to what Noah and the family are going through.”

Noah’s cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, is a rare form of the disease that usually begins in the muscles attached to bones to help the body move.

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The Bolton News: The fundraiser will help to pay for Noah's careThe fundraiser will help to pay for Noah's care (Image: Kenland Media Relations)

It is mostly diagnosed in children under 10 and Noah has already begun a two-year path of intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgeries.

This comes at the age of just four, after having already been diagnosed with non-verbal autism spectrum disorder.

Mr Young had at first set himself a target of raising £1,000 but raised this to £2,000 after receiving a range of generous pledges from Elite Boxing members.

Wordsworth Street-based Elite Boxing, which opened in 2003, prides itself on its community works.

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Other kinds of sessions on offer include the fortnightly Ricky’s Club, which allows men to talk openly about their mental health, while the gym has also helped teenagers to keep active.

Free sessions are also held for over 50s and children while “ladies only” classes have helped undo some of the social isolation and poor fitness caused by lockdown.

All this means that Mr Young found a ready audience of people ready to help young Noah.

Noah’s fundraiser can be found at JustGiving.