There's just over four weeks to go until our family marathon effort in support of Narcolepsy UK, and training and fundraising are going well.
Here's the text of a Press Release that we will be sending out soon:
When Lewis Jones secured a place in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, things soon got out of hand.
It wasn’t long before no fewer than seven other members of his family, spanning three generations, had put themselves forward to run a variety of distances at another event on the same day, all in support of Narcolepsy UK.
Just over ten years ago, Lewis’ then nine-year-old sister Bridget was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable bouts of sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and horrifying dreams.
“I've seen at first hand the difficulties that someone with narcolepsy has to overcome, and what a difference the support of Narcolepsy UK makes,” says 29-year-old Lewis, of Lewisham, London. Bridget, now 20 and currently at the University of Huddersfield studying Textiles Practice, was quick to join her brother, putting herself forward for the 10km run at The Longhorn, an event with a range of distances held in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
“Narcolepsy UK and people we have met through the charity have helped us enormously over the last ten years,” says Bridget’s father, Steve Jones, from East Leake in Nottinghamshire, who is running the full Longhorn marathon. “This is an opportunity for us to help Narcolepsy UK continue its fantastic work supporting people living with narcolepsy, their families and their carers,” he says.
Bridget’s Mum Diana and older sister Alison Allcutt, who lives in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester, have both signed up for the Longhorn half marathon. Completing the line-up are Alison’s husband Dave and their two daughters. Dave will be carrying 1-year old Madeleine around the 5km course, while trying to keep up with 4-year old Anna.
“Neither Dad nor I have run a marathon before,” says Lewis. “The training is tough, but we are determined that between the eight of us we will cover the 150km that we have set out to run, and raise as much money as we can for a charity that means a lot to us.
With just a few weeks of training to go before the big day, please support Bridget, Lewis, Steve, Diana, Alison, Dave, Anna and Madeleine via their Virgin Money Giving page.
The “running” total of our fundraising to date is very nearly £2,500, but we really want to push on to our target of £4,000 (or beyond), so please spread the word as widely as you can. The more people who visit our page here, the more money we will raise, and the more Narcolepsy UK will be able to achieve.
Also, please do the same for Francesca Hutt, who is running the Vienna Marathon for NUK on the same day. Francesca's fundraising page is here.