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Emma Henderson

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

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My story

[p]Thank for visiting my page and supporting me in this marathon effort to try and raise money for [b]Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)[/b] and [b]The National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)[/b]. [/p][p]Those of you who know me well, will know how difficult this is going to be for me. To prepare for this I’ve had to introduce some drastic lifestyle changes, from stopping smoking, reducing my alcohol intake [u]ENORMOUSLY[/u], and beginning a daily training program which I am taking surprisingly seriously. For someone who has never “ran” more than 5k (&[i] I use the term “RAN” in its loosest form), [/i]this will be my hardest challenge yet, but I’m determined to succeed.[/p][p]I decided to apply for the ballot draw for the first time ever in 2018, just before my 25th birthday, [i]some may say during my quarter life crisis phase.[/i] It was something I had always thought would be an amazing achievement for someone [i]else[/i] but had not thought of taking part in myself until the application form was in front of me. Even while I was completing it, I never in a million years expected I would get picked. SO, you can imagine my surprise come October 2018 when I received a letter in the post saying I’d been successful and was due to take part in the London marathon 2019. After the initial shock had worn off and my family had stopped laughing at the idea, I began thinking of what and who meant something of great importance to me so that I wouldn’t waste this amazing opportunity to raise money for charity. Without a second thought I knew I had to run on behalf of my Aunty Mary. My Aunt has been through a lot over the last 10 years, developing several complications due to her spinal injury and has been in a wheelchair since 2012. For this reason, I wanted to support a charity that would have an impact in extensive research for new treatments for spinal injuries and support those individuals and families who have been effected. After our own research, we decided that [b]SIA, [/b]for their brilliant[b] [/b]partnership with the spinal cord injured community, creating quality and equality of life through campaigning, educating and supporting those effected[b] [/b]and[b] NASS[/b] for their dedication to transforming AS (Axial SpA) care in the UK by building awareness, improving care and empowering the community were the charities that I would run for.[/p][p]Thank you again for supporting me on this journey, any donation large or small will go a long way for these two charities and your support will be greatly appreciated. I hope to see as many of you as possible on the day at various points throughout the course. Get the prosecco ready at the finishing line, I’m going to need it.[/p]
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Apr 11, 2019

Anne

Emma, so impressed you have taken on such a huge challenge such as this, especially as you have never run a marathon before and for choosing two charities that help and support people with spinal injuries, a cause very close to our hearts. Go girlxxx

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019

Louise Nathanielsz

So proud of you, good luck my love!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2019

Fitzgerald and Law

Good luck with your run.

£200.00

Apr 1, 2019

Kay & Rob

Well done Emma, we will look out for you on route xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019

Sam

Good Luck Gaffa! x

£10.00

Mar 29, 2019

Amie

Good Luck Em!

£5.00

Mar 28, 2019

Sean Ryan

Smash it em!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 26, 2019

Zoe Henderson

Good luck big sissy! You’ll do amazing. So proud of you!! Love you xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 25, 2019

Anonymous

Very best of luck with the run for such great causes. It'll be a walk in the park.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Mar 11, 2019

Karen and Jeremy

Good luck You can do it go girl

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid