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Lichfield mum completes marathon charity challenge

Jayne Whitehouse with her daughter Faith after completing the last race in her marathon challenge

Jayne Whitehouse with her daughter Faith after completing the last race in her marathon challenge

A Lichfield mum has raised £4,500 after a year-long marathon challenge to help research into the condition that affects her daughter’s life.

Jayne Whitehouse, 44, has spent 2018 lacing up her running shoes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Her 14-year-old daughter Faith was diagnosed with the condition when she was just a toddler and her mother set a task of running 10 marathons during 2018 – a feat completed recently with the Leicester Marathon.

Jayne, a legal secretary at Keelys Solicitors in Lichfield, kept a strict regime throughout running four times a week, come rain or shine.

“It felt fantastic to have crossed the finish line and I’m absolutely over the moon, although I was absolutely soaked,” she said. “The support of Keelys, as well as the community in Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding areas has been truly humbling.

“It will make such a great difference to the research and puts us one step closer to a cure for Faith and the 400,000 in the UK like her.

I have had an amazing journey and met some truly inspiring people along the way.”

She started 2018 off with the Gloucester Marathon, and there was also the London Marathon along the way.

“It was the most demanding challenge I’ve ever taken on,” she said. “But the hope that one day there will be a cure for this condition kept me going every yard of the 262 miles I covered in the races, as well as the hours of training.”

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1 Comment

  1. Philip Allso

    29th November, 2018 at 11:11 am

    A brilliant effort Well Done! There are many conditions arising from faults in the auto immune system and type 1 diabetes is one that causes much distress. There is much research into what triggers these conditions and a better understanding of the d n a will hopefully lead to both prevention and cure. Let’s hope for all sufferers that day comes soon. Put your feet up for a bit! You’ve earned it.

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