Epilepsy is no barrier for determined pair

Clare and Joseph after completing their first race of many. (s)
Clare and Joseph after completing their first race of many. (s)

A mum and her son have set themselves the brave challenge of running a total of 50 km over the next year to help fund research into epilepsy.

But what adds an extraordinary element to this story is that Clare Blatchford’s eight-year-old son Joseph himself suffers with intractable epilepsy.

The pair completed their first five kilometre run earlier this month at Delamere Park and are now gearing up to take part in the Colour Run 5k in Manchester on July 2nd.

Just days before the Delamere Park run, Joseph, who is a pupil at St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School in Clitheroe, had been admitted to the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital after suffering 10 seizures in 24 hours.

“Joseph has suffered with epilepsy since he was five years old,” Clare explained. “Now turning nine soon, he has decided to complete a series of challenges of running 50km over the space of the year – more than a marathon – to raise funds for research into causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy.

“Joseph chose this charity himself because he says he wants to help others who suffer with epilepsy.

“He knows how bad it makes him feel and his wish is that enough research will one day find a cure.We appreciate every donation and hope people will continue to support us through each race we run.”

Clare, who is an account manager for a flooring manufacturer, and her husband Richard, a self-employed electrician and a former pupil of Pendle Primary School and Ribblesdale High School, have two other children, Oliver (six) and Louis (21 months).

To donate text MTAM99 then £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/clare-blatchford