Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 08:00
I will be running the London Marathon in April this year. The training has been a huge personal challenge and I have needed support from my large family to disappear for many hours at the weekends, evenings and early mornings!
I am running the marathon for a very special charity - CMV Action and would appreciate it if you would consider sponsoring me and here is why:
My very good friends Daniel and Danni Mason youngest son Alife was born with CMV, a potentially devastating virus which has been named as the 'stealth virus. Alfie's prognosis was not particularly good, he has thankfully appeared to defy the odds and grown into a fantastic, energetic 8-year-old!
The CMV virus is a common virus that can affect people of all ages, most healthy adults who contract CVM do not have symptoms and will have no long-term effects.
It can, however, pose serious risks to unborn babies if a pregnant woman catches it for the first time. It's one of the main causes of childhood disability and hearing loss.
CMV Action is a nationwide organisation of parents and volunteers, who are working to raise awareness of congenital CMV and campaign for better preventative measures within our health service. CMV also offer advice, support and friendship for anyone affected by CMV and I know how important this was for my Danni and Daniel to get through a very scary time.
Virgin Money is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on the charity's behalf for anyone who is eligible.
I really appreciate your support and hope that I can raise some precious funds to support this valuable organisation.
Thank you for your kindness.