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Added: 28 July 2011, 14:42
Amy Robson, aged 13, from Gorebridge Midlothian knows just how much her aunt Jackie Jones, aged 43, adores her because this Sunday Jackie competes in the London marathon for the second year running. Jackie will raise funds for Epilepsy Scotland’s Edinburgh Lighthouse Youth project that Amy loves.
Jackie explained: “Amy is the reason I am running. She chose the charity because it gives her such support Amy is a real inspiration. She also has a rare brain condition and has been through a lot. She is amazing and just gets on with everyday life never complaining about her condition.
“Living so far away from Amy and her family renders it difficult to offer any kind of day to day support but I felt compelled to help them in some way. I am a part time nursery teacher and was a marathon novice until last year. However, we raised over £4,000 and half went to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where Amy is a regular attendee on the neurological ward.”
Jackie is Epilepsy Scotland’s first runner in this decade and has spent six months training in and around Grange Over Sands in Cumbria’s Lake District. To date she has raised over £2,300 in promised sponsorship. Amy and her brother Jack, mum Caroline and dad John will all be rooting for Jackie as they watch live coverage of the London marathon this weekend.