Woking woman to brave London Marathon for charity
A local woman will be taking on the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April as one of three events to raise money for the Charity that helped her best friend when her son was seriously ill.
Emma Reynolds, from Woking in Surrey, has already raised an incredible £1,100 for Ronald McDonald House Charities – the independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
The athletic 28-year-old completed the Rhine Marathon in October 2015, rowing 26 miles along the Rhine River in Germany, and is now challenging herself to run the same distance around the Capital for the iconic London Marathon.
As part of her training programme, Emma has set up a local running group at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - where she works – to help keep her motivated. The group Battersea Bullets organise a couple of runs a week during lunch times and after work.
She signed up to these three events to fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Manchester, one of 14 Houses across the UK run by the Charity, after it gave her friend Sarah a place to stay whilst her son was treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for a rare condition called hyperinsulinism.
Emma says: “I decided to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities to say thank you for supporting my friend Sarah during a distressing time. The Manchester House really acted as a home away from home for her and staying there meant she was just seconds away from Cooper when he was poorly.
“The fact that the Charity provides free accommodation also meant she didn’t have to worry about paying for a hotel, as well as her mortgage, over the period of six weeks.
“Thankfully Cooper has fully recovered now, but I still wanted to do something to help support the Charity’s amazing work.”
Emma will also be taking part in the Ultra Trail Marathon later this year.
Donations to Emma can be made at: www.justgiving.com/Emma-Reynolds18
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the Charity directly, visit: www.rmhc.org.uk
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Notes to editors
1. Ronald McDonald House Manchester has 60 en-suite rooms over five floors and is equipped with everything a family needs to feel at home including communal areas, lounges, self-catering kitchens, dining areas, playrooms, laundry facilities, a teenager room and quiet areas. The House is also open to families coming to the hospital for day care, for example those whose children are receiving chemotherapy or renal dialysis.
2. In 2015, the House helped 970 families stay close to their children at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and St Mary's Neonatal Unit.
3. Ronald McDonald House Charities enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.