Sussex Mum takes on BUPA 10k for cause close to her heart | Action Medical Research

Sussex Mum takes on BUPA 10k for cause close to her heart

26 March 2013

Horsham-based mum Caroline Johnston is taking on the BUPA London 10,000, 27 May 2013, for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Caroline, who also works for the charity, is mum to three boys: Tom (15), Henry (10) and Freddie (6). Henry has Down syndrome and both Freddie and Tom were born prematurely. Tom has recently been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder and Freddie is on a waiting list to be assessed for the same condition.

The charity is currently funding over 75 research projects across the UK including a breathing disorder that many children with Down syndrome suffer from, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and also into Auditory Processing Disorder. Other projects include studies looking into prematurity, epilepsy, bacterial meningitis, multiple sclerosis and rare diseases.

Caroline says “It’s obviously a cause close to my heart. The charity was set up by a parent, Duncan Guthrie, in the 1950s to find a cure for polio which his daughter suffered from – I have a great deal of empathy with that! And the charity continues to fund high quality research to help save and change children’s lives.”

The BUPA London 10,000 follows the 2012 Olympic marathon route through the heart of London’s historic centre: starting and finishing in St James’s Park with Buckingham Palace as the backdrop. There are places still available and Action urges interested runners and inspired readers to contact them.

Caroline says, “I signed up to keep fit, which you have to be with three boys! Early mornings, some lunchtimes and weekends are when I get out running. I hope to complete the 10 kilometres in less than an hour, but I’m there for the camaraderie and amazing backdrop – as well as to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

“It’s an exceptional charity that does not receive any government funding and the money raised  helps fund vital medical research to support babies and children with a wide range of disabling and devastating conditions; children like my own – Tom, Henry and Freddie.”

Contact the Action Events team to book your place on the BUPA London 10,000, or 01403 327444. For other events opportunities and ways to support the charity:

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A high resolution picture of Caroline with her sons (from left to right) Henry, Freddie and Tom:

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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