Marshall-Tufflex’s magnificent seven long distance runners have raised more than £3,200 for a children’s charity after completing the Hastings Half Marathon.
The Marshall Tuff Legs squad – Hannah Hayler, Josh Hayler, Rachael White, Annette Fry, Helen Munday, Lawrence Glaze and Joe Johnson – raced home in highly respectable times ranging from 1hr 54 minutes to 2hrs 23 minutes, delighting their friends and colleagues waiting on the finish line.
Their efforts have raised more than £3,216 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity that supports life-limited children in East Sussex. Julie Brett, Demelza community fundraiser said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with how well the team did. Raising over £3,000 is a fantastic achievement that will go a long way in helping us provide hospice care for children and families in desperate need of our support. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Marshall Tuff Legs team and to everyone who supported them.”
Marshall-Tufflex management accountant Hannah Hayler, who is running the London Marathon in April for Demelza, trained the squad, some from scratch, over five months and was delighted with their performances: “I am lost for words, I’m so proud of everything they have achieved. Seeing them cheer each other on was amazing and very emotional; words cannot explain how proud I am of each one of them.”
The event was particularly poignant for Hannah and her son Josh (17), an apprentice energy management technician at Marshall-Tufflex. At the age of three years Josh was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, a childhood disorder affecting the hip joint. Hannah said: “I was told by doctors that he would be disabled by his Perthes Disease and would never excel in sports. So for him to even run that distance is a miracle but to do it in 1hr 54 minutes is totally awesome. My overall highlight of the day was running the whole way with him. He is a miracle.”
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