Kelly gearing up for marathon mission
PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 February 2015
The 25-year-old will run the London Marathon for the first time this year - all in the name of charity.
A Honiton lettings administrator is taking on the London Marathon in a touching tribute to her cousin.
Kelly Allison, of King Street, said seeing her cousin, Karen, fight multiple sclerosis for the last 15 years prompted her to take up the endurance challenge.
The 25-year-old said she has never done such a lengthy race, and is undergoing vigorous preparation to conquer the 26-mile-long run.
She is hoping to raise £2,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a charity which is dedicated to beating the neurological condition.
Multiple sclerosis affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms, including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision.
“There are lots of different strains of multiple sclerosis,” Kelly said.
“Karen seemed to come down with a very serious strain straight away - one day she was fun and bubbly and the next day she could not eat or walk.
“It really shocked me and my family and this is why I am doing the London Marathon.”
Kelly has booked in the Weymouth Half Marathon in March as she awaits to take on the London Marathon, and is also running eight miles every other day.
“Running this marathon has been a lifelong goal of mine,” she added. “I have always been into running and I thought I would run it while raising money for a worthy cause.
“If I could raise £2,000, I would feel a huge sense of achievement.
“There is no cure for multiple sclerosis at the moment, so every pound I raise will hopefully help towards getting one.
“If someone with multiple sclerosis can be cured in the future, it would be amazing.”
To donate to Kelly’s online fundraising page, visit www.justgiving.com/kellyoo1 or donate by texting KAMS60 and a sum to 70070.
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