A HEREFORDSHIRE man is embarking on an 80km ultramarathon to raise funds for a young footballer undergoing vital surgery in preparation for proton beam therapy.

Belmont Wanderers star Harry Williams was diagnosed with a deep-lying brain tumour after he collapsed at home in January.

10-year-old Harry was rushed to hospital, where he underwent vital brain surgery, but complications arising from the location of the tumour and the growth of a cyst meant they could not remove all of the dangers.

Doctors drained the cyst at the time of Harry's first surgery, but have since found that it has grown back, delaying the next stage of his treatment.

Following a previous cancellation, Harry is now set to undergo a second operation in Birmingham on Wednesday to insert a drain into the cyst, making it possible for doctors to access the tumour.

But despite the setback, mum Melissa says, Harry remains brave and positive as ever.

"Harry's been a superstar, he's still so happy-go-lucky," she said.

"To speak to him, you wouldn't know anything was wrong."

And the community has rallied around to support the talented youngster and his family.

In a bid to boost the fundraising effort, local man Mark Davies is set to run the 80km Transvulcania ultramarathon on May 11.

Set on the island of La Palma, the gruelling long distance race, considered one of the world's hardest mountain ultramarathons, traverses two volcanoes.

"The money raised will be used to help the family financially and to treat Harry and the family when he feels strong enough to do so," Mark said.

Donation boxes have also been placed in local shops and pubs around Weobley.

To make a donation, visit

Mark's Transvulcania JustGiving page