Funds flow in for River Thames Half Marathon runners!
Team Beth have successfully completed the River Thames Half Marathon and managed to raise an incredible £6,100 in the process.
The team, Ollie Miney (35); Richard Jackson (38); Jon Jarrett (38); Robert Gold (33); Mike Allen (69) were led by Tom Allen (33) and ran on behalf of Tom’s daughter, Beth, who is living with epilepsy. Beth had her first seizure in November 2015 aged just 7 weeks old and was later diagnosed this year.
Tom Allen said:
Having lacked any real inspiration to get fit again as a group of first-time fathers, the five of us wanted something to keep us motivated and what better reason than raising money for a cause very close to all of our hearts.
Unfortunately, Jon bowed out of the team due to injury but was integral in raising money and getting the team to the start line. Another team member, Mike, Beth’s granddad, was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year and is currently in the middle of his second round of chemotherapy. Undeterred, Mike heroically completed four miles of the course.
We set out to raise £2,000 but now we have hit over the £6,000 mark, we are all completely chuffed. A massive thank you to everyone who has donated and the rest of the team who ran with me. You’re amazing!
James Gaydon, Challenge and Sports Events Fundraiser, said:
A massive congratulations to Team Beth for completing the River Thames Half Marathon on behalf of Young Epilepsy. You smashed the original £2,000 target, raising over £6,000, an amazing result.
It's humbling when groups or individuals go above and beyond like this to ensure a brighter future for the 112,000 young people affected by epilepsy as well as their families we support across the UK. Young Epilepsy relies on this type of funding and Team Beth have done us proud!
A shout out to Mike (Beth’s Granddad) for his heroic achievement in getting involved with this challenge, we wish him the best with his on-going treatment.