Dan’s marathon run to support life-saving charity

15:00 04 October 2012

Dan Jeeves with his young nephew Thomas.

Dan Jeeves with his young nephew Thomas.

Archant

Uncle inspired by his nephew to take on the London Marathon in aid of epilepsy charity.

A former Honiton man is lacing up his running shoes to take on next year’s London Marathon to raise money for young epilepsy suffers after being inspired by his young nephew,

Dan Jeeves, who now lives in Beer, will take on the 26.2- mile race for Young Epilepsy next April.

It is a charity close to the 26-year-old’s heart as his two-year-old nephew, Thomas, has been diagnosed with the condition.

“I have chosen to run for this charity because a few years ago my nephew Thomas was diagnosed with epilepsy and secondary seizures,” says Dan.

“The first fit that he had was when he was just a few months old. He stopped breathing, went limp and started to turn blue.”

Luckily Thomas’ parents were able to resuscitate him.

“From then, he was in and out of hospital having endless numbers of tests and often stayed in for up to a week at a time.

“It was a traumatic time for everyone involved, seeing a helpless baby going through all of this and not being able to do anything to help.”

Thomas is now on daily medication, but Dan says the work the charity has done helped to save his life.

He added: “The fantastic work that this charity does has, without a doubt, helped to save his life.

“The hard work and endless research that Young Epilepsy does helps to control the condition and helps many more children like Thomas.”

Dan is hoping to raise enough money to meet his target of £4,000 and is busy preparing for the race.

Beer Quarry caves is holding a special Hallowe’en night to help raise funds for Dan.

“I am just trying to do my little bit to help them and show my appreciation for everything they have done in the past and will continue to do in the future,” he says.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Jeeves0 or text DANJ85 to 70070 followed by the amount they would like to donate.

0 comments

Other News Stories

17:30

Honiton Round Table will be touring the town with its Santa Sleigh and raising money at the same time for good causes.

Read more
17:00

Youngsters at Offwell Primary School were enthralled by a performance put on by a touring theatre group.

Read more
15:00

Pupils at Littletown Primary Academy in Honiton have shown their support for this year’s Shoebox Appeal.

Read more

A doctor who has served Honiton’s community for more than 28 years has announced his retirement.

Read more

Visitors looking to do Christmas shopping can benefit from cheaper parking in East Devon, thanks to a returning offer from the district council.

Read more
10:00

Seaton and District Lions Club will be transporting Father Christmas to towns and villages across the Axe Valley again this year.

Read more

A Gittisham blacksmith has been left devastated after two thieves plundered his garage while he was picking his son up from Honiton.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Bradleys is set to sell festive ornaments to help Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:59

‘Any positive ideas are seriously compromised by austerity agenda’ - Sidmouth nurse and steward for the trade union

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

The annual Christmas street collection by the Seaton and District Lions Club is their biggest fundraiser of the year with all of the money collected going into the Lions Charity Fund.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications