A MUM will be running the London marathon to raise money for a children’s charity.
Cheryl Jackson, 38, decided to take on the London Marathon when her daughter received an expensive special needs buggy from the Whizz-Kidz foundation.
Her daughter, seven-year-old Jodie Tate, was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder at the age of three. This means that she now suffers from learning difficulties and febrile seizures. She spent the first three years of her life in and out of hospital with different respiratory infections.
Cheryl, of Keydell Close, Waterlooville, said: ‘Jodie has no awareness of danger and although she is not physically disabled she doesn’t have the understanding of an average child of her age.’
The Whizz-Kidz foundation has gifted Jodie the funds for a buggy that has enabled her to get around a lot more easily.
The foundation relies on donations to offer children such buggies and wheelchairs, and it also offers training on how to use the wheelchair.
It says it has transformed the lives of more than 18,000 children and young people since 1990.
Cheryl said: ‘I am so thankful to the charity as without its help I would never have been able to afford the £2,500 buggy.
‘I am training very hard to run this marathon and will hopefully raise lots of money for the charity as a thank you.
‘They need people like you and me who can donate so they can keep helping other families.
‘This will be a very challenging thing for me but my friend, Charlotte, has a passion for running and will be by my side running the marathon.
Cheryl is also holding a separate charity event on Friday, March 2 at the Langstone Hotel on Northney Road which includes a silent disco, face painting, sweet cart and a raffle.
Cheryl added: ‘Some of the prizes for the raffle are: a Solent Hotel spa day for two, a £20 voucher for The Chocolate Lounge, and a free one-year gym membership.’
To sponsor Cheryl to run the London Marathon, visit whizz-kidz-london-marathon18.everydayhero.com/uk/cheryl
For more information about the charity and their wheelchair opportunities, visit http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk