Prison backs Ben with 12 hours of rowing

Staff at HMP Hindley taking part in a rowathon for 10-year-old Leyther Ben Robinson
Staff at HMP Hindley taking part in a rowathon for 10-year-old Leyther Ben Robinson

Plucky Ben Robinson visited HMP Hindley to support participants in a fund-raising challenge in his honour.

Charity Ben’s Wish was set up to help the 10-year-old Leyther, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently having treatment for leukaemia, achieve his ambition of going to Jamaica.

Ben went to HMP Hindley on Thursday to cheer on people taking part in a 12-hour sponsored rowathon to raise money for the appeal.

Four teams of PE staff, prisoners, prison staff and prison governors tackled the physical challenge.

Ben’s Wish, which is also helping Ben and his family focus on plans for after his treatment, was set up by Leigh Centurions rugby league player Dayne Weston after he met Ben while visiting the children’s ward at a local hospital.