Marathon fundrais­ing is a fam­ily af­fair

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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