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Sophie Mortimore
Sophie Mortimore
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Determined 14-year-old Sophie Mortimore hasn’t let having a major operation ruin her life.

The Bay House student decided to run three miles despite being diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis two years ago.

Sophie, from Lee-on-the-Solent, underwent a 10-hour operation when she was first diagnosed with the illness, but she didn’t let it defeat her and she is trying to lead a normal life.

She also wanted to raise money for charity.

Sophie says: ‘When I was first diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, it was hard because I became very self-conscious.

‘It was first recognised because one of my shoulder blades stuck out more than the other.

‘I had an operation to sort it out, but I became very embarrassed.’

Sophie has now learned to live with her diagnosis and is trying to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds to enable more research.

‘That’s why I decided to run the race,’ adds Sophie.

‘I wanted to donate money to the charity which does the research, but I also wanted to raise awareness because not many people know what it is.’

Sophie managed to raise £350 and her mum, Lisa, was proud of her achievements.

She says: ‘Sophie has dealt with her diagnosis so well and we decided to run the race together, which was lovely.’