Gary Hammond from Darlington made the trip down to London at the weekend (October14) to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, which starts and finishes in Hyde Park, taking in many of London’s famous landmarks along the way. Forty-two year old Gary not only completed his first half marathon but also raised £600 for a cause very close to his heart, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).
“Our good friends, Beth and Andrew have a five year old daughter, Annabella, who was diagnosed with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia when she was just five weeks old,” explains Gary. “This obviously came as a great shock but CLDF provided a wealth of information on the disease itself and various aspects of coping with a child with this condition. It was great help to my friends at the time, and the charity is still a valuable resource now, as there is currently no cure for childhood liver disease. Annabella may need a liver transplant one day and she will continue to need CLDF as she grows up.
“I enjoy running and thought that taking on a challenge would be a great way to raise funds for a charity which really needs it. This sounded like a great event so when I got the opportunity to be part of the CLDF team and complete my first half marathon I grabbed it!”
And despite the bad weather, the event lived up to expectations.
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so we’re so grateful that Gary made the trip down from Darlington to do this for us. The funds raised will make a real difference to families like Annabella’s throughout the UK.”
You can still support Gary’s Half Marathon challenge by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-hammond10.
For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.