Standing ovation for brave star James

Four-year-old James Dodd with dad Iain at the Race Night organised in his honour.
Four-year-old James Dodd with dad Iain at the Race Night organised in his honour.

A race night in honour of a four-year-old boy with a life-limiting illness has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

Family and friends of James Dodd, who suffers from mitochondrial disease, organised the event to raise funds for the Lily Foundation, which supports those with the condition.

The ‘Stupid Peddlars’ team behind James, who have also undertaken two sponsored cycle rides from London to Brighton, have so far raised more than £14,700 in total for the charity.

An auction was also held at the race night in Boxmoor Hall on Saturday, at which Lily Foundation founder Liz Curtis delivered a speech.

Penny Blake, who helped organise the event and is a close friend of James’ parents Iain and Angie, said: “James did a little stint on stage and sang two Black Keys songs. Everyone sang along and he got a standing ovation. It was such a lovely evening.”

Visit justgiving.com/stupidp to help the team reach £15,000.