The London Marathon starts today, having been delayed twice.
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Dorset runners line up alongside 40,000 others for the London Marathon this morning.
The 26.2-mile race would typically take place in April, but has been postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is generally a significant source of income for charities, many of which receive sponsorship money from athletes who run on their behalf.
Lois Skellon (pictured above) is one of the runners in Dorset this year. She runs on behalf of Diverse Abilities, a Dorset-based charity that supports people with disabilities.
“I am extremely happy to be running the famous 2021 London Marathon for the benefit of Diverse Abilities! I have done a few half marathons before, but this 26.2 mile run will be the biggest sporting challenge I have ever been on confronted. .
“My close friend Jess Cox is the support manager and part of the children’s team at Lily. They are caring and dedicated people like Jess who help people with physical and / or learning disabilities achieve their goals. full potential, which inspired me to fundraise for Diverse Abilities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on people receiving and providing social care, so it is more important than ever that we support Diverse Capacities – so that they can continue to provide essential services. “
You can read more about Lois here.
Matthew Savage from Portland is coming forward on behalf of SADS UK after his wife survived a heart attack at the age of 23.
Lisa Savage, and later the couple’s two daughters, were diagnosed with long QT, heart rhythm syndrome.
Matthew told Greatest Hits Radio Dorset:
“They introduced bills in Parliament to impose mandatory defibrillators in all schools and sports centers.
“They are trying to make a big difference and most importantly is the defibrillators in the community.
“It’s just trying to raise their profile and things like the Euro events when Christian Eriksen obviously fell apart on the pitch.”
The association provided a defibrillator to one of the couple’s daughters so that she could take it to school with her in the event of a heart attack.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way they take it all in their stride, there are times during sports days and things like that where they can’t necessarily get involved but they always find something to do. .
“They are fantastic, they just fight.”
If you want to learn more about Matthew, you can do so here.
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