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Mose Masoe's biggest fan completes huge challenge to help hero

Schoolboy Ted Buttle has completed a sporting challenge to help his favourite Hull KR player Mose Masoe.

Nine-year-old Ted ran 10k ten times over ten days to raise money for his sporting hero.

His rugby league-loving family were distraught when they discovered that Mose suffered a life-changing spinal injury during a game in January 2020.

Unable to watch his hero suffer, Ted wanted to raise money to help him. He initially wanted to compete in a marathon but his parents managed to "talk him down" before he settled on a 10k run every day, for ten days.

His mum Sam said after Mose's injury, Ted spent many hours with the family walking in lockdown, and during this time he decided he'd like to complete a charity challenge, and Mose was, naturally, the one he wanted to raise funds for.

He initially set a target of raised £200 but he has now raised over £1,000.

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Ted's challenge was completed on Saturday afternoon as his friends, family, as well as some members of the Hull KR rugby team cheered him on at the finish line. There was even the Hull KR mascot there.

Ted's mum Sam Buttle said: "We are a Hull family joined by our love for rugby league and divided by our choice of teams in Hull.

"Ted, his dad Steve and our daughter Florence are pass holders at Hull KR. Myself and our eldest son Stanley are season passholders at Hull FC.

"Ted has been obsessed with rugby from a very young age and has been playing the game since he was four.

"The news of the injury sustained by Mose was devastating to the rugby world and beyond. Ted grew more concerned about his hero and asked for regular updates which we shared as they were announced.

"When the pandemic hit, Ted’s escape, sanctuary and outlet of rugby was taken away from him, as for the rest of the world). Watching Rovers is as part of his normal weekly routine, as playing and training is. It was difficult for him, as I know for many others. On our daily exercise and walks he would take his rugby ball to run around after and kick along, as we went.

"During the January lockdown we were on a daily walk when Ted started talking about fundraising. I work for a charity, therefore has been involved in a number of events in the past. He was asking how it was done and what it meant and how he could try to do something for someone else."

Here is a look at Ted's challenge and final day completing the race.

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