Ben’s run in hon­our of his mur­dered mother

Death caused son to suf­fer de­pres­sion and obe­sity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A DE­TER­MINED run­ner who over­came obe­sity will en­ter the London Marathon in hon­our of his mur­dered mother.

When Ben Har­ris, 23, of Savay Close, Den­ham, was a baby, his mother, An­gela Ringfell, had been plan­ning to run the 26.2 miles in aid of RSPCA.

But she was mur­dered by Mr Har­ris’s fa­ther dur­ing a hol­i­day in Tu­nisia be­fore the race day.

Mr Har­ris hails run­ning as ‘sav­ing his life’ and help­ing him to beat weight prob­lems and cope with de­pres­sion.

He shares his mother’s affin­ity with an­i­mals and, hav­ing all ready raised over his £2,000 tar­get, will run for the RSPCA on April 26.

He said: “My mum’s death af­fected me in more than just

HON­OUR: Ben Har­ris (left) is run­ning in mem­ory of An­gela Ringfell the ob­vi­ous way. I have had to live di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion. At one point I was obese and had just given up on ev­ery­thing.

“A dark cloud has lin­gered over me my whole life, due to the man­ner in which my mum was killed. Her name and what hap­pened to her has had noth­ing but pain and grief as­so­ci­ated with it.

“Now I have the chance to do some­thing pos­i­tive and re­mem­ber her name in a way that helps oth­ers and changes peo­ples lives. For that I am not only grate­ful to the RSPCA, but ev­ery­one who has do­nated, no mat­ter how big or small, to get me to where I am.”

Mr Har­ris’s fa­ther was jailed in Tu­nisia and served seven years of a 20-year sen­tence. Mr Har­ris has lived with his grand­par­ents since the mur­der.

Mr Har­ris, who works as a floor­ing es­ti­ma­tor, added: “I hope some­how, some­where, my mum knows the hard work I have put in to hon­our her mem­ory in a pos­i­tive way, and be able to do some­thing she never had the op­por­tu­nity to do.

“Run­ning saved my life and gave me some­thing to live for again. Now I want to pay back ev­ery­one’s faith and do­na­tions in me, by do­ing the best I can.”

Visit www.just­giv­ re­mem­ber/125458 to spon­sor him.

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