Marathon fundraising is a family affair
A RUISLIP woman was among the thousands who crossed the finish line in Sunday’s London Marathon and along the way helped boost a charity‘s funds.
Emma Rackham, 26, became one of the million runners who have taken on the challenging 26.2 mile run in its 36 years. She clocked up five hours 11 minutes raising money for Epilepsy Action. Emma took part in the event because one of her friends is affected by epilepsy. Emma’s dad Nigel also took part, finishing in an impressive two hours 33 minutes.
She said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the London Marathon for Epilepsy Action.
“The course was tough at times, but the knowing I was doing it for such a fantastic cause really helped me focus on reaching the finish. The crowds cheering me on were fantastic too”
Emma and Nigel have raised £2,800 to help support people living with epilepsy and their families all over the UK.
Holly Rawlings, of Epilepsy Action, said: “Congratulations to Emma and Nigel on such a fantastic achievement and we wish them a welldeserved rest today.
“The atmosphere on the day was electric and all of our runners have collectively helped us to raise more than £65,000 to support people with epilepsy. Their incredible efforts mean we can continue to be there when people need us most.”
Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day.
Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps around 1.4 million people.
People can apply to be part of Epilepsy Action’s 2017 London Marathon team now. For more information about epilepsy or taking part in fundraising events for Epilepsy Action, visit epilepsy.org.uk/events A COLLISION involving a car, a bus and a lorry caused traffic ‘carnage’ for drivers in the Hayes and Southall areas.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to the scene outside a Tesco Extra petrol station on Bulls Bridge Industrial Estate, Hayes Road, just before 1pm on Sunday April 24 to lend assistance in case anyone was trapped in their vehicles. One driver stuck in the traffic, saw the damage caused to a black Jaguar car and said: “The traffic was horrendous, we just didn’t move.”
Hounslow police confirmed the vehicles were cleared but that five hours later there was still congestion. There were no injuries.
n FAMILY EFFORT: Emma Rackham with her dad Nigel after both completed the London Marathon