Morrison Design employee Anthony Page will be running in next year’s London Marathon to help disabled and terminally ill children in Derbyshire.
He is running in aid of Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children which has already helped 364 families in Derbyshire.
The funds raised will help children in the county like five-year-old Finley Cooper who was provided with a special powered wheelchair by Newlife. Finley, from Elvaston, the wheelchair to get around his local community.
Architectural Technologist Anthony Page said: “Running is not new to me, however I decided to run for Newlife as I have recently become a dad myself. Not many realise the many challenges families face with disabled and terminally ill children. It’s such a worthy cause to run for and if I can help other children like Finley then running 42.3km is definitely worth it.”
Finley has Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2, which is a muscle wasting disorder. He was never able to stand, crawl or walk on his own – but thanks to Newlife Finley is now able to go where he wants to and play in the garden with his little sister. He treasures doing things most people take for granted.
Finley’s parents Charlotte Bestwick and Jonny Cooper ran in the 2016 London Marathon and raised an amazing £10,000 for children within Derbyshire.
Charlotte said: Running the marathon was great we loved every minute of it – not that I will ever do it again.”
Morrison Design Limited said: “Anthony is a loyal employee and has worked for us for nearly 13 years. We have seen him run in several charity events in the past. All the staff at Morrison Design Limited are very proud of Anthony, and are thrilled to be supporting the Newlife and taking part in the biggest single-day fundraising event in the world.”
The Newlife Derbyshire fund – https://newlifecharity.co.uk/Derbyshire – gives local people the opportunity to donate to children aged under 19 who need specialist equipment within the county.
If you would like to fundraise for children with disabilities and terminal illness within the county contact, David Reeves on 07854425273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on freephone 0800 988 4640 or email email@example.com
Pictured (L to R): Mum Charlotte Bestwick, Dad Jonny Cooper, Finley Cooper and Anthony Page