Hannah running Sheffield Half Marathon for mum

Hannah Dickinson, who is running the Sheffield Half Marathon in aid of Ataxia UK
Hannah Dickinson, who is running the Sheffield Half Marathon in aid of Ataxia UK
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A caring daughter is running the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday in honour of her mum and gran.

Hannah Dickinson, aged 28, will pull on her running shoes to raise money for the Ataxia UK charity.

Her proud mum, Isobel, of Wadsley, said: “The charity funds research and supports people with a group of rare neurological conditions which affect the cerebellum and cause mobility, speech and balance problems.

“It can best be described as like being drunk – without the euphoric effects!

“The symptoms can become very debilitating, as Hannah knows, because myself, her grandmother and several other members of the family have suffered.”

Hannah’s family has received support from the Sheffield Ataxia Centre at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou has researched ataxia extensively and found gluten can bring on the symptoms, so Isobel has taken his advice and a strict, gluten free diet means her condition has stopped progressing.

There is also an ataxia support group which meets once a month at The Circle in Sheffield city centre.

To sponsor Hannah, who is a dental hygienist and therapist, visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Dickinson1.