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28th Nov, 2021

Marathon mum and daughter raising thousands for deafness charity

A MUM-and daughter team who took on the London Marathon together have raised thousands for a deafness charity.

Rugby resident Louise Wilce and her mum Joy Sheen teamed up to conquer the London Marathon in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society earlier this month.

Louise, a keen runner, helped her mum progress from ‘Couch to 5k’ to taking on a full marathon in less than a year.

Louise and Joy finished the marathon distance of 26.2 miles together, in a time of seven hours and 29 minutes.

They have so far raised nearly £2,400 for the charity, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families. The pair have high hopes of eventually reaching the £4,000 mark.

They were inspired to run for the charity because Louise’s 12-year-old niece, the child of Joy’s other daughter Gemma, has mild to moderate deafness.

Louise lives in Rugby with husband Dave and their son Alex, eight, while her mum Joy, 64, lives in Winsford, Cheshire, with her partner Steve.

Joy said: “The run was amazing. We had a fabulous time, including getting lost on the way. A lovely bus driver took us as near as he could so we didn’t miss the start. He deviated from his route for us!

“It was hard training on my own. Louise and I only got together for a couple of runs but it all went OK. I hope I didn’t hold Louise back too much – I’m not as quick as her.

“We chose to run the marathon on account of my granddaughter. She struggled at first at school for lack of support and we know that’s one thing the National Deaf Children’s Society works very hard to fix.”

Elle Billinge, who supports fundraisers for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Louise and Joy for taking on this epic challenge for us. Going from couch to marathon in under a year is a truly awe-inspiring achievement, and we’re so impressed.

“The National Deaf Children’s Society is dedicated to supporting the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families. The efforts of selfless fundraisers like Louise and Joy will help us to keep on doing our vital work, now and into the future.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joyandlouise to donate.

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