A HANBURY runner will be heading to Newcastle this weekend to take part in the Great North Run to raise funds for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) after being inspired by her grand-daughter, writes Kate Duffy.
Joan Raxter chose to compete in her first half-marathon for the charity which is close to her heart because seven-year-old Imogen was born with the rare liver disease biliary atresia.
Imogen received a life-saving liver transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital when she was just five months old.
Joan said: “The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation was there for the whole family with information about her condition and advice to help us and Imogen move forward.”
Joan has been running for around five years now and hopes to complete the run in around two-and-a-half hours.
“Imogen is really pleased I am doing this, she has been doing whatever she can to help with my fund-raising and will be there on the day to cheer me on.”
Alison Taylor, CLDF chief executive, added: “We are delighted to hear Joan is doing this for us.
“We wish her all the best for the day.”
Joan has set herself a target of raising £400 with more than £70 having been pledged already.
Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/joan.raxter.great.north.run.cldf to boost her coffers further.