Dad’s marathon will fight rare syn­drome

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

AFINANCE boss is team­ing up with his sis­ter to run a marathon in sup­port of a char­ity which helps peo­ple with a rare ge­netic dis­ease.

James Wilkinson, CEO of Zuto, a car fi­nance com­pany based at Lyme Green, is hop­ing to raise £6,000 for the Prader-Willi Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion (PWSA).

The char­ity funds vi­tal re­search into the in­cur­able con­di­tion where com­mon symp­toms are learn- ing dif­fi­cul­ties, ab­nor­mal growths and ob­ses­sive eat­ing.

James’s young son Jimmy, six, has the con­di­tion, which af­fects one in ev­ery 15,000 chil­dren born in Eng­land.

James will be swap­ping car sales for run­ning shoes by join­ing his sis­ter Cath Salt in the Lon­don Marathon on April 24.

This will be the se­cond time James has run the Lon­don Marathon fol­low­ing his feat in 2012, when he com­pleted the course in a time of 3hrs 48mins, rais­ing a to­tal of £5,500 for PWSA.

James said: “There’s a healthy dose of sib­ling ri­valry here but we’re united in rais­ing funds for the PWSA and I can’t wait to take on the marathon with Cath for a cause that is very close to my heart.

“Since Christ­mas I’ve been putting in a lot of train­ing and am hop­ing for a time of three and a half hours.”

The ded­i­cated dad has been work­ing with the PWSA for more than five years fol­low­ing Jimmy’s di­ag­no­sis.

James’s com­pany, which has of­fices in Mac­cles­field and Manch­ester, has also been fundrais­ing for the PWSA for three years.

In Jan­uary the Zuto team smashed the £30,000 bar­rier fol­low­ing a va­ri­ety of schemes in­clud­ing bake sales, a char­ity cal­en­dar, sports days and joint com­mer­cial part­ner­ships.

James said the char­ity has been a mas­sive sup­port to him and Jimmy.

Speak­ing of the part­ner­ship, James said: “I am thrilled we have built such a close re­la­tion­ship with PWSA, to not only raise much needed funds but help build the in­fra­struc­ture and skills re­source within the char­ity.

“The char­ity has been an in­valu­able sup­port to us over the years.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing James and Cath’s marathon feat, is can do­nate to the cause at www. just­giv­ing. com/ jame­sand­cath16.

●● Louise An­der­son be­hind the bar at No 4 Park Green and in her Cap­tain Amer­ica cos­tume

●● James Wilkinson with his sis­ter Cath Salt

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