Husband and wife to run race together in aid of charity

Paul and Sara Johnson
Paul and Sara Johnson
Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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Paul and Sara Johnson are this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winners for deciding to take part in the Great South Run together.

The couple, of Priorsdean Avenue, Milton, Portsmouth, saw their lives change when daughter Hannah, nine, was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago.

Paul, 44, who worked in the navy for 24 years and was a field gunner, left to be with his family.

He said: ‘After that happened, I started to get involved with charity work a lot more.

‘One of the ways I do that is by running the Great South Run each year – this year will be my ninth race.

‘Last year my wife joined me and we’re doing it again this year. She suffers from psoriasis arthritis.’

Sara, 44, a housewife, suffers from the condition, which affects her joints when she has high stress levels.

‘When Hannah was diagnosed with leukaemia, it was very stressful on the whole family.

‘But I took to exercising and it really helped my condition.

‘I took part in the run last year and completed in it two hours and raised £350.

‘I hope to beat both targets this year.’

The couple will be raising money for charity Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (Chicks).

It provides respite homes in the south of the country for children.

The Great South Run takes place on October 30.

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