Runners join London Marathon for good causes
April 09, 2010
As the London Marathon looms runners are ready to take up the challenge to pound the streets of the capital, often for good causes – here two of them tell why they need your support.
A Warfield mum is to put in a marathon effort for a charity which raises money to find a cure for the illness from which her son suffers.
For Bridget Collier it will be her first ever 26-mile race and she will be doing it in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The 43-year-old, who lives in Lion Oaks, is looking to raise money for the charity as her son Jamie Fuller, 16, suffers from the illness.
Bridget, a personal assistant, said: “I admit that I am slightly overweight so it’s quite a challenge but it’s good because I get to do something for charity and I will lose weight at the same time.
“The training is going quite well but I injured myself last year – I got a prolapsed disc – so I’m getting over that.”
She says on her virginmoneygiving web page: “Jamie has had a tough couple of years with his weight and management of drugs.
“He is currently underweight and has difficulty breathing.
“In the last six months he has had two unplanned hospital admissions.
“This will be a tremendous challenge for me but the knowledge that I will be raising funds for CF will spur me on to the finish line.”
Bridget told The Standard: “The training is going quite well but I injured myself last year – I got a prolapsed disc – so I’m getting over that.”
The race is on Sunday, April 25, and Bridget has set herself a fundraising target of £2,000.
So far £330 has been pledged to her cause.
An Ascot man is also taking the marathon challenge, to raise cash for people suffering from autism.
Lewis Atkinson, 31, from Farthing Court, Halfpenny Road, is hoping to raise £1,600 for the National Autistic Society (NAS).
Lewis decided to support the society as he has a friend who has a son who sufferers from the condition.
He says he knows first hand the everyday challenges people with the condition face.
He said: “I wanted to do something to raise awareness of autism which is a condition much more common than many people think.
“I am very close to my friend’s son and he has given me a real insight into exactly what autism is.
“The NAS has supported someone close to me and given him vital support so I couldn’t think of a better cause to run 26 miles for.
“The right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives and I wanted to support the NAS to continue providing the invaluable support they do.”
On his justgiving web page, he adds: “I have been training very hard for the last few months as I am running for The National Autistic Society.
“They do some wonderful work, championing the rights and interests of all people with autism and aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.”
Lewis has been pledged £340 so far.
To support him visit www.justgiving.com/lewis-atkinson.
To sponsor Bridget you can visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/bridgetcollier.
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