2018 London Marathon, Sunday April 22nd

Mother of 5 Jeanie Hughes, who works as a staff nurse specialising in respiratory medicine, is swapping her regular Billericay Parkrun for the London Marathon to raise funds for LAM Action in support of her good friend Clair Hemmington.

“I’ve always wanted to run in the London Marathon, and have always said I would run for LAM Action if I secured a place, as I believe smaller charities lose out a lot to the big charities who are able to host their own huge events. A close friend of mine – Clair Hemmington, has LAM. Our now teenage daughters have grown up through school together since primary, and I’ve seen Clair’s health at its worst before her first double lung transplant, and through the years following including a second double lung transplant. I wanted to do something to support a charity that was close to home. I’m trying to raise as much money as I can, and certainly want to at least hit £2,000.”

If you would like to help Jeanie reach her target please click here

David Lord is Head of Construction at Burnley College and is hoping to raise £2,500 for LAM Action. David, 40, became aware of LAM Action because his friend Matt Sharples’ wife, Sarah, suffers from LAM and had to have a kidney removed as a result.

“I feel it’s a very worthwhile charity which can be overlooked because of the attention attracted by bigger charities. This will be the fourth time I’ve run in a marathon, but it is the first time I have been sponsored to raise funds for a charity and I am really looking forward to it,” said David, who is married to Mandy, a district nurse, and has three daughters: Elise, 15; Cameron, 12; and Harper, aged five.

“I’m aiming for a time of around four hours 10 minutes, and I train five times a week, which includes Monday to Friday mornings at a 5am start, before going into work at the college. All my daughters and my wife will be coming to see me in the London Marathon, and are really happy that I am running in it for LAM Action.”

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Kerri-Ann Hudson and Gill Sawdon are both members of the Durham & Teesside branch of Business Networking International (BNI) and are hoping to raise over £4,000 together.

Gill got her place running for LAM Action through her BNI contacts. Gill: “I’m very excited and nervous and can’t wait to run with Kerri Ann, as we have had such a giggle on every run we have had. Our husbands are supporting us and coming on the day. I also have a BNI Executive Directors meeting in London the following day and I know a few of my colleagues will be along the route to spur us on!”

Kerri-Ann, who owns the Bodytalk for Ladies Gym in Northallerton and completed the London Marathon last year, added: “I run with Gill at weekends, and she told me she had got a place running in the London Marathon supporting LAM Action and told me about all their amazing work. I decided I wanted to run with her to support her and the charity and was delighted to get a place through LAM Action, as I know that every penny we raise will really be making a difference.”

Gill and Kerri-Ann met up with former LAM Action Committee member Bron Thurston, who lives near Middlesbrough, to find out more about the charity and the disease itself. “Meeting Bron, who is an amazing woman, has made running the London Marathon for LAM Action feel even more special,” said Kerri-Ann.

To sponsor Kerri-Ann please click here, and to sponsor Gill please click here

Good luck to Jeanie, David, Gill and Kerri-Ann and big thanks from all of us at LAM Action!