Louise Urquhart

Louise Urquhart

London Marathon


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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] So as many of you know I turned 40 last year, I had made a 40 before 40 list and completed 37 of my 40 things. I did the Edinburgh Moonwalk, had Cullen skink soup in Cullen, climbed a Munroe, got a tattoo to name but a few. One of the things I didn’t complete was run in a race, I had hurt my ankle so had to give it a miss. Lots of people have been asking what I’m going to do now it’s all over (to be far I’m gutted, it was so much fun). There was a joke about 50 before 50………I think a majority of my friend would be ‘for Christ sake we are still paying off half the stuff you made us do for your 40th’ [/p][p]So what I have decided to do is something significant or something that inspires every year until I’m 50. People think I’m mad but why not life’s short and you never know what’s round the corner. [/p][p]So for 2019 it will be both significant and inspiring.[/p][p]I am doing the Virgin London Marathon for Meningitis Now and my inspiration is Sophie and the Macdonald family. [/p][p]When I was working in Schuh, Sophie’s brother Ben started to work with us. Sophie and mum Katrina were regular visitors to the shop and she used to come bouncing in full of life with a smile on her face, you would walk into a club and she was always on the dancefloor. [/p][p]Unfortunately Sophie was struck down by meningitis seven years ago having woken up in agony after going to bed with what she thought was a common cold.[/p][p]Doctors told her she would make a full recovery in just two weeks but the 30-year-old has spent years toiling with chronic pain, seizures, sleep deprivation and exhaustion with doctors blaming a form of recurring meningitis.[/p][p]She has recently found out she was misdiagnosed for 7 years since meningitis, it triggered a genetic condition EDS, with a POTS add on. In brief, meningitis triggered Dysautonomia ( which was completely missed ) this in turn has identified she has a very rare genetic connective tissue disease , Elhers Danlos syndrome. [/p][p]Inspirational Sophie has managed to raise nearly £25,000 for Meningitis Now through doing the London Marathon and a fundraising trip to Patagonia with her mum Katrina. Her brothers Ben and Nathan also ran the marathon, so I wanted to do something to help the charity that they have worked so hard raise money for. [/p][p]Now having my own child I can’t even being to imagine what Katrina is going through and if taking some time out my year to help fundraise for an amazing charity, that’s what I’m going to do. This will be one of the biggest challenges I have ever done but when I think what Sophie and her family have been through over the last 7 years seems very little in the grand scheme of things. [/p][p]All I can say is, I will train, try my bloody hardest, keep smiling and raise as much money as possible.[/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]
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May 10, 2019

Sharron Ben and Edie. Xx

A nice round number now.


May 10, 2019




plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 10, 2019

Kerry John and Oliver xxx

Well you did it! Here’s a wee bit more for Sophie and for your happy running face! Never seen anyone enjoy as much as you did! Brilliant ! Love the Bowman’s! Xxx


May 10, 2019


You really are a lovely human Lou! You have done a great thing for Sophie and meningitis awareness. Well done chum.xx


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019


Cash donation from Caroline, Hector and Mrs Wallace


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 4, 2019

All us Donalds

Who would have thought it 👏👏👏


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Donna Craig

Welll done Louise you absolutely smashed it, did so well and that smile kept on giving though training to the finish line, what an achievement - total respect!!! 🌟🧡 Love Donna, Rich, Ayva and Millie xxxx


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019

Joe Mitchell

Amazing achievement! ..... well done!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019


Jim leask


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Apr 30, 2019

Martin Carmichael

One word Louise - inspirational! Bloody great effort and well done u! From Marty, Diane & Jessica Carmichael

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