A SPONSORED walk in Barry, supporting the family of a baby needing a bone marrow transplant has raised more than £2000.

Ten-month-old Reign Miller-Hardy has been diagnosed with a rare medical disorder - haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and X-linked lymphoproliferative disorder (XLP1).

The funds raised will help support Reign’s parents, Ashleigh Miller, 32, and Scott Hardy, 29, who take turns to visit him in the Great North Children’s Hospital, in Newcastle upon Tyne, due to restrictions imposed by covid-19.

The walk started in Barry Island and covered a distance of around 10 miles on Sunday, September 6.

The Welsh Blood service were on hand to convey the message about donating blood and signing up to the bone marrow register.

Reign’s auntie, Lisa Evans, 32, of Barry, said: “We finished the walk - it was a whole 9.5 miles 45 participants and we raised £2150 which was very impressive considering I organised it in under a week.

“The Welsh Blood group set up stall for our arrival back to Barry Island so that was great too.

“It was a lovely day and everyone’s support along the way was lovely we stopped at The Colcot for refreshments and they donated as well which was very kind of them.


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Reign is undergoing intense chemotherapy to suppress the HLH XLP1 symptoms.

He has had multiple blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, and several rounds of chemo, as well as numerous scans and tests.

He was airlifted to Great North Children's Hospital, from the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, last month.

Great North is specialist children's hospital that works with Great Ormond Street to provide intense and urgent care to critically ill children.

The Welsh Blood Service will be holding donation sessions in the Bedwas Hall, the Barry Memorial Hall, on Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16.

More September sessions will take place from Wednesday, September 23 to Friday, September, 25.

To book, visit https://donorportal.wales.nhs.uk/AppointmentSystem or call 0800 25 22 66