Goosnargh runner Kate Calder is about to pound the streets in a bid to raise cash and help end ignorance about epilepsy.
The 46-year-old is tackling the Great North Run on Sunday, September 7, to fund more support for those diagnosed with the disease after watching her partner Paul lose his confidence and then his life to epilepsy.
There are an estimated 67,000 people in the north- west with epilepsy. Kate, an NHS human resources consultant, believes that the stigma around the condition means sufferers feel vulnerable and their families live in fear.
“Paul lived life at 300 miles an hour and it was a massive shock for him when he was diagnosed with epilepsy,” revealed Kate.
“I still meet people for whom the condition is impacting on their confidence and their career and they worry about not being able to drive and being reliant on other people.”
With the correct medication and treatment, seven out of ten people with epilepsy can control their seizures and live an active life. World champion hurdler Dai Greene and rhythmic gymnast Kelly MacDonald are among those living with epilepsy.
Just 1 per cent of those diagnosed with the condition die of the disease – and sadly Kate’s partner, Paul Bateman, a successful financial advisor from Fleetwood, passed away in 2011.
Aside from tackling the Tyneside half-marathon, Kate is holding a series of fundraising events in and around Goosnargh for the Epilepsy Society.
l To support her sterling efforts, visit https://www.justgiving.com/KatyJCalder/