Running to help a hospice which cares for youngsters

Daniel's nephew James in the push chair and his brother Lucas far left, his own children Peter and Josie. Thanks to his wife Jackie for the photo.
Daniel's nephew James in the push chair and his brother Lucas far left, his own children Peter and Josie. Thanks to his wife Jackie for the photo.
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THEY’VE brightened the life of a terminally-ill boy, and now a Portsmouth man has taken on a challenge to say thanks.

Daniel Martin-Corben, from Cosham, took part in the Great South Run to support Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice in Arundel.

Daniel’s three-year-old nephew, James, suffers from an extremely rare type of progressive mitochondrial disease and is being looked after by the team at the hospice.

Daniel, 40, said: ‘Chestnut Tree House is personally really important to me and I wanted to help raise awareness of this amazing charity which helps my brother and sister-in-law so much.

‘I am so proud of how they cope with James’ day-to-day care.

‘I know it’s exhausting for them, but they are an amazing family and James is a very happy little boy which is a testament to all of them.’

Daniel raised more than £360 for the hospice by taking part in the Portsmouth run.

It was the second time he had taken part in the event, having also run last year.

Daniel said he enjoyed the run, and was already planning to do the Great South Run for a third time.

He said: ‘It was a fantastic day.

‘We were supported along the route by Chestnut Tree House staff and volunteers and the weather was perfect for it.

‘It was such a good experience, I’ve signed up already for next year as it will give me another opportunity to support Chestnut Tree House.’

Mitochondrial disease is caused by mutations, acquired or inherited, in mitochondrial DNA.

Symptoms include poor growth, loss of muscle co-ordination and learning difficulties.

Daniel said the care provided by the hospice allowed his brother and his wife to spend time with James’s older brother.

Daniel’s fundraising appeal is online at justgiving.com/daniel-martin-corben.

To find out more about the hospice, visit chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.