The Bristol 10k is set to be a challenging as well as meaningful day for Lily Simmonds who will be running in memory of her late auntie Rosie Rumble as well as for The British Polio Fellowship on Sunday 31 May.
When Lily from Badminton in Gloucestershire was deciding who she would run on behalf of, The British Polio Fellowship seemed the perfect choice, giving her the opportunity to pay tribute to her inspirational auntie (who lived with the effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) all her life) as well as helping to raise awareness of the disease and all those still living with it in the UK today.
Anyone wishing to support Lily’s fund raising efforts can do so by visiting her just giving page at:
“Rosie would never let herself be defined by her disability and always faced life head on with huge enthusiasm, kindness and generosity of spirit,” explained Lily. “I will therefore be running this race in her memory whilst also raising awareness for The British Polio Fellowship and the important work that they do.” Lily’s auntie who passed away in September 2011 contracted Polio as a small child and battled with the devastating effects all of her life. Despite having to cope with these debilitating symptoms, Rosie was always positive and an inspiration to her family and all of those around her. She spent a lot of her time working tirelessly to give back to her local community despite her Polio.
“We are extremely grateful for Lily’s fundraising efforts and wish her and everyone else running for The British Polio Fellowship in Bristol every success,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “With so many worthy causes out there, we really do appreciate all those who don their running shoes on our behalf. Without them, we would not be able to offer the ongoing support we do to those living with the Late Effects of Polio and PPS in Britain today.”
The Bristol 10k is now one of the fastest growing and popular races in the UK with an impressive 12,000 runners signing up to take part last year. When Lily crosses the finish line on 31 May, she is hoping to have risen over £350 for the British Polio Fellowship.
With many different charities gaining support through various running events across the country, Polio and PPS can all too easily be forgotten. While the fight to eradicate Polio worldwide is being led by the Gates Foundation, it is easy to forget the 120,000 people in the UK still living with PPS.
The British Polio Fellowship can be contacted free on 0800 043 1935 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk