A 10-year-old boy described as a "little fighter" by his dad completed the Darlington fun run at the weekend in a bid to raise money for a local charity.

Bobby Stevens, alongside his father Robert, from Darlington, took part in the Darlington fun run on August 6 to raise money for TOGETHER 21.

The project works with children who have Down's Syndrome aged between 0-17, building their communication, numeracy and motor skills amongst other skills.

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Bobby, who has Down's Syndrome, regularly attends the club and has now raised over £400 for the charity by competing in the fun run and very proudly crossed the line on Sunday.

Dad Robert Stevens told The Northern Echo how proud he is of his son and how far he has come.

He said: "Last year, he joined me for the last part of the Darlington 10k and came over the line with me.

The Northern Echo: Bobby standing very proudly with his medal.Bobby standing very proudly with his medal. (Image: ROBERT STEVENS)

"He did it all himself and got the medal, and when he did, he was super proud of himself. Then, someone suggested we take part in the fun run together this year so we decided to do it."

An online fundraiser was then subsequently set up for the run, to raise funds for the local group TOGETHER 21, of which 10-year-old Bobby is a regular attendee.

Robert added: "He loves the TOGETHER 21 club. It was only last week that he told me he was 'really excited' to go which just shows how much he enjoys it.

The Northern Echo: Bobby Stevens with dad Robert (Bobby) Stevens.Bobby Stevens with dad Robert (Bobby) Stevens. (Image: ROBERT STEVENS)

"Now he has done the run, he is over the moon and has seen all the pictures online of the day."

For Robert, this is a huge achievement as he could not be prouder of his son, who he described as a "little fighter".

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He said: "I am very proud of him, he is a little fighter. He goes from strength to strength and nothing phases him.

"I am just so happy for him, and he is a happy little boy now too."

Alongside running, Bobby also swims and takes drama classes at Darlington Hippodrome as he has dreams of one day being on the stage.

As for next year, Bobby's plans to take part again are currently up in the air. 

But for now, Bobby's dad is thrilled at what his "loving and kind" son has achieved this year as he prepares to take on the Great North Run this September to raise money for the Sick Children's Fund.

To donate to Bobby's fundraiser, click here.