‘Aiden’s my running inspiration’

Aiden Farrell
Aiden Farrell
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A devoted Gosport mum is taking part in the Morrisons Great South Run this October.

Sara Farrell will be running for five-year-old Aiden, who was diagnosed with hypertonic cerebral palsy at just 14 months old.

Thanks to fundraising for their charity Aiden’s Walking Appeal, Sara and her husband Gevun, were able to pay for their little boy to have a life-changing operation that is not funded by the NHS.

The surgery has been carried out and the family are now concentrating on fundraising for the costs of private physiotherapy and personal therapy to ensure that Aiden has the best possible standard of living.

Sara, 34, of Grange Crescent in Gosport, will join thousands of runners taking on the Great South Run, which is the world’s leading 10-mile running event and marks its 25th year in Portsmouth on Sunday, October 25.

As well as caring for Aiden, Sara has three other children; Jake, 14, Ben, 11, and Shianne, eight, who do as much around the house as they can to help their mum so she has time to get some practice miles in.

‘I have quite a hectic household, so finding time to train in the evenings is difficult,’ said Sara.

‘Luckily I have a great support network around me who are more than happy to help me with Aiden so that I can find time to practise the run.

‘I recently joined the local gym and am looking forward to being able to run the Morrisons Great South Run with a team of friends.’

Sara will be running with three friends and Aiden’s personal teaching assistant from his school, Gomer Infants.

Aiden is doing well since the operation and his condition has shown improvement.

He has moved on to walking with tripod sticks and will soon progress on to single sticks after taking his first steps just a year ago.

‘We are amazed at how far Aiden has come in the last year and are hopeful that the physiotherapy will continue to help,’ added Sara.

‘He’s always such a happy, smiley child who loves everything a five-year-old should.

‘Every penny that we raise goes a long way, and we are extremely grateful to everybody who has donated money to our cause.’

Aiden’s Walking Appeal has organised hundreds of fundraising events over the past four years, including a recent quiz night in Gosport pub The Old Lodge and an upcoming dinner and dance at Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth Football Club.

To sponsor Sara and donate to Aiden’s Walking Appeal, visit the fundraising page at justgiving.com/aiden-farrell.

The course takes in Portsmouth landmarks and ends with a final two miles along Southsea seafront.

Enter at greatrun.org/south.