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Joanna Parke

Joanna Parke

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am honoured to be running in the London Marathon 2020 for Wellchild. Not only is this an amazing charity to run for, I am also running it in memory of my nan who always wanted to run the London Marathon with me.[/p][p]My nan supported me in my love for running when I was in my teens. However, my running was more suited for middle distance, 1500m max. I lost interest in running by the time I was 17 and have only got back into it last January at the age of 41. This will definitely be a challenge for me.[/p][p]Wellchild are close to my heart because of the work they do including helping children to be cared for at home when possible rather then in hospital. I have first hand experience in caring for a sick child.[/p][p]My son Rory is terminally ill, he has a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. He also has factor v laiden, which means he is at risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots. He also has ASD and severe learning difficulties.[/p][p]To care for Rory requires 1to1 care and support at all times, sometimes 2to1 support is required, for example, when swimming or when he is having seizures. A carer must know how to administer emergency drugs to stop prolonged seizures, they must know all the types of seizures Rory has to determine when emergency intervention is needed.[/p][p]I am able to administer the drugs Rory requires for his epilepsy, sometimes however, he will need to go into hospital because his medication hasn't stopped the seizures and this can be fatal. Like most of us, Rory doesn't like spending time in the hospital, he recovers much better and faster at home but this is not always possible. [/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my story and thank you for your support.[/p]

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Oct 6, 2020

The Eco Park Animals


Oct 5, 2020



plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020


Well done Jo! What an achievement and for a great charity, you should be very proud xxx


Oct 4, 2020


Go Girl xx

Oct 4, 2020


Well done Jo! I loved reading your story. I remember your nan so well, she was such a lady! And what an amazing mummy you are! So incredibly strong and caring. Rory is so blessed Xxxxxxxx


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 2, 2020



plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2020

Trev & Chris xx


Mar 2, 2020

Amber and Xena

Amazing Jo, good luck!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 1, 2020

Farhana Hussain

Good luck and all the best


Feb 25, 2020



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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