Marathon dad from Northampton thanks charity that has become ‘part of my family’

Steve Johnson and son Robbie
Steve Johnson and son Robbie

A charity that organised trips to the zoo and a Olympics-style sports day for a Northampton nine-year-old is to receive thousands of pounds of sponsorship from his dad.

Steve Johnson, 37, from Brook View, Grange Park, is running the London Marathon next month in aid of Scope, who agreed to take on his son Robbie at an unusually young age.

The people at Scope have enriched and brightened Robbie’s life so much

Steve Johnson

Robbie’s cerebral palsy means he cannot talk, walk, sit or stand unaided also means his parents can struggle to have him take part in activities. But the charity has stepped in and made him feel welcome.

Mr Johnson said: “The people at Scope have enriched and brightened Robbie’s life so much.

“They have organised multiple trips to the zoo and even put on a special Olympics-style event where he won a silver medal.

“I can’t thank them enough - they almost feel almost part of the family.”

Mr Johnson said the marathon, his first attempt at distance running, will be relatively meagre thanks given the impact Scope have had on his family.

He said: “This is painful but compared to the help they will be giving us through the coming years, it’s really nothing.”

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