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LAURA IS LIMBERING UP TO RUN THE LONDON MARATHON!


Laura & CharlieA significant act of kindness made by the Make-A-Wish Foundation has motivated 21-year-old Laura Cornthwaite, an Agri-Business student from Harper Adams University, currently on placement with Genus ABS to take on the London Marathon this Sunday.

 

Laura is proud auntie to her 14-year-old nephew Charlie who was born with the extremely rare neurological condition, Microcephaly. As well as suffering from epilepsy, Charlie’s condition means that his speech, balance, hearing and vision are all severely impaired.

 

Consequently, Charlie requires round-the-clock care that involves the use of specialist medical equipment and medicines – a day out as a family, let alone a holiday was an unimaginable luxury. That was until 2010 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity dedicated to granting magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, made Charlie’s dream of going on a family holiday to Disneyland, Florida come true. Charlie is at his happiest when swimming and during the holiday he enjoyed the incredible experience of swimming with dolphins – a memory that he continues to treasure.

 

“As a family we cannot thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation enough for granting Charlie his wish. Every day presents a different challenge and the holiday not only benefitted Charlie, but it also made the world of difference to my brother, sister-in-law and their daughters,” said Laura.

 

Laura continued: “I felt compelled to do something meaningful to say thank you to Make-A-Wish and the London Marathon felt like an appropriately difficult challenge. I’m by no means a natural runner; in fact I’d go as far as saying I don’t particularly enjoy it all having only taken up the sport in January. That said, I’ve thrown myself into training and have racked up the miles by running several times during the week and then covering longer distances at the weekends. I’m aiming to complete the marathon in around five and a half hours, but I’ll be just as thrilled to complete it. Charlie is an amazing young man and I’ll be thinking of him to spur me on to the finish line!”

 

Laura has set her sights on raising £2,500 for Make-A-Wish Foundation and so far has raised just over £1,500. If you would like to support Laura and this incredibly worthy cause, please visit her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/lauracornflake

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