Extraordinary Gene Team raise over £30K in the London Marathon!

On Sunday, 12 amazing fundraisers ran the London Marathon for Jeans for Genes and Genetic Disorders UK, raising a truly epic £30,000 and counting!

Marissa Bird, Ben Young, Hayley Woods, Paul Lyons, Jo May, Henry Hill, Andy Judd, Daniel Kitchen, Timothy and Graham Fletcher, Rachel Degg and Melissa Venables have all been training for months in preparation for the big day and on Sunday all 12 completed the race to smash their fundraising target and raise funds to provide vital support and care for children with genetic disorders across the UK.

Marissa Cheer Point Marissa ShadwellMarissa Bird ran for her son who has Chromosome 1q21.1 Duplication Syndrome and completed the marathon despite breaking her ankle just 10 months before. https://www.justgiving.com/Marissa-Bird/

Ben Cheer Point Ben Medal 3Ben Young ran in support of his friend’s son Louis who has a chromosome 18 abnormality. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BenandLiz

Hayley & DaughterHayley Woods ran for her sister who has Sjorgens Syndrome, and Hayley herself has Cyclical Neutropenia which causes recurrent low neutrophils (the white blood cells which fight bacterial infections). http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HayleyWoodsGeneTeam

Paul Medal 2Paul Lyons ran for his 7 year old daughter who has Deletion of the Short Arm of Chromosome 5. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulLyons15

Jo Medal 3Jo May completed the marathon for her mother who is suffering from Huntington’s Disease. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoMay1

Andy & SuzieHenry MedalAndy Judd and his best friend Henry Hill completed the marathon for Andy’s daughter Ava who has MDP Syndrome. Andy’s wife Suzie completed the Great North Run 2014 for Genetic Disorders UK raising over £9,000. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HenryHill1 http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyJuddLondonMarathon

Daniel & SonDaniel Kitchen ran for his son Finn who has Joubert Syndrome which affects just 1 in every 200,000 people. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielKitchen

Graham & Timothy Medals Graham Massage 4Timothy Fletcher ran with his dad Graham and friend Rachel Degg for his niece and nephew who are both affected by a genetic disorder. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/timgrahamrachel

Melissa MedalMelissa Venables completed the gruelling Marathon des Sables only 2 weeks ago and has now also added the marathon to her list of achievements. Melissa works with children affected by genetic disorders. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MelissaVenables

A huge congratulations and massive thank you to all our inspirational runners who completed the London Marathon 2015 raising an outstanding £30K to fund the support and care of children affected by genetic disorders across the UK. You are all superheroes!

Feeling inspired? Email events@geneticdisordersuk.org to find out how you too can support Jeans for Genes and Genetic Disorders UK.

Don’t forget to sign up for Jeans for Genes Day 2015 on Friday 18th September www.jeansforgenes.org/signup

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