Run­ners clock up 1,000 miles in baby’s mem­ory

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - KAREN BRITTON

FAM­I­LIES ran more than 1,000 miles in mem­ory of a baby who died from a rare ill­ness.

Around 300 peo­ple turned out for the Mag­nif­i­cent Mileathon at River­side Park in Mac­cles­field in aid of charity The Lily Foun­da­tion.

It was in hon­our of baby Ted French who was born with a ge­netic dis­or­der called mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease which causes cells to have no energy and means tis­sues or or­gans can’t work prop­erly.

Ted, whose par­ents Dee and Gareth live in Mac­cles­field, sadly died at just a few months old.

The Lily Foun­da­tion funds re­search into the dis­ease.

Par­tic­i­pants ran a 1.2 mile route and 7.8 mile route to notch up as many miles as pos­si­ble for a grand to­tal – which was 1,002 miles, rais­ing nearly £1,900 so far.

Ted’s par­ents, whose friend Alex Wright or­gan­ised the event, said: “We feel overwhelmed at the won­der­ful sup­port we have and that Ted can be re­mem­bered in such a spe­cial way.

“It was a great day. Thank you to ev­ery­one that came along to help us raise money in Ted’s mem­ory.”

The day fea­tured fun ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and fin­ished with a bar­be­cue and bar.

The event was in mem­ory of baby Ted French

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