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Wednesfield worker at Dudley Zoo helps hospital

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

Cheeky squirrel and saki monkeys check out Carlo's daily step total on his pedometer.

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TACKLING Dudley Zoo's 40-acre hilly site each day poses no challenge for the tourist site's newest recruit, construction supervisor Carlo Diponio.

The 43-year-old's new job is helping him train towards adventurous fundraisers for Birmingham Children's Hospital – where his eight-year-old son, Leonardo, is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Carlo, from Wednesfield, said: "When Leonardo was first admitted, it was devastating, but the staff are fantastic and I decided to raise as much money as possible as a thank you for all the care and support they are giving us as a family and especially to Leonardo."

Leonardo, a pupil at Bentley West School, was diagnosed in August 2013. He is undergoing chemotherapy and regularly visits the hospital for further treatment.

Carlo has raised more than £5,600 for the hospital, after completing the Bupa Great Birmingham Run in October, and is keeping fit for upcoming challenges by walking the site each day.

Dudley Zoo chief executive, Peter Suddock, said: "Carlo has joined DZG to supervise repair work to our Modernist Tecton buildings and will also be training our apprentices.

"We are pleased to support Carlo in his fundraising efforts and know it is very important to him as his son is currently receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital.

"We also know he won't need to keep up his gym subscription as the zoo's hillside site will soon ensure he's fit after a few months working here."

To support Carlo's fundraising efforts visit www.justgiving.com/carlospage

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